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What early industries were in Virginia before tobacco?

When the Virginia Company established a colony at Jamestown in 1607, its leadership had high hopes that a wide array of materials could be tapped or produced. Company officials wrote, “The country it selfe is large and great . . . the land is full of milneralles, plenty of woods (the wants of England). . .the soile is strong and lustie of its owne nature.” Initially investors hoped for precious ma

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How did relations between Britain and the colonies change after the French and Indian War?

Download this lesson GRADE LEVEL Upper Elementary, Middle, High School STANDARDS AND SKILLS VS.4, VS.5, US1.5, US1.6, VUS.4, VUS.5 Demonstrating Comprehension; Comparing and Contrasting; Determining Cause and Effect; Using Information Sources; Organizing Information; Questioning and Critical Thinking Skills This lesson also meets national standards for social studies. LESSON OVE

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Pocahontas

Pocahontas, daughter of the powerful Virginia Indian leader, Chief Powhatan, was born about 1596. Pocahontas was a nickname meaning “playful one,” given to her by her father. Her formal names were Amonute and Matoaka. Chief Powhatan had numerous wives, and Pocahontas had a large number of half-brothers and half-sisters. Nothing is known about her mother. As a young girl, she spent her early

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Werowocomoco

[caption id="attachment_7925" align="alignright" width="314"] From John Smith's Map of Virginia, published in 1612.[/caption] When the English colonists selected Jamestown as the site of their colony in 1607, they did not know they were planting their fledgling settlement within 15 miles of Werowocomoco, the seat of power of the Powhatan paramount chiefdom. At that time the chiefdom was compris

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Making a Patriot Inquiry

Inquiry Description: This inquiry examines the choices that individuals make, and the reasons behind those choices. Designed to encourage students to interact with primary and secondary sources to determine how and why historical people made the choice to either seek independence or to remain loyal to the King. The inquiry is adaptable for upper elementary, middle, or high school students. The in

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Why did the English and Powhatan go to war in 1622?

[caption id="attachment_24228" align="aligncenter" width="810"] 1622 Indian uprising, Theodor de Bry, 1634[/caption] By 1622, Powhatan and Pocahontas were dead, and the English had spread deep into Powhatan territory. The English forced the Indians to move inland away from their traditional river valley homes. Native leaders under Opechancanough, Powhatan’s half-brother and successor, had priva

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What was life like for enslaved people on farms in colonial Virginia?

[caption id="attachment_23966" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tobacco card - Best Va, harvesting & packing tobacco, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation[/caption] A slave is a person who is owned or enslaved by another person. In colonial times, people from the west coast of Africa were captured and shipped to Virginia and other colonies to work as slaves. In Virginia, these Africans lived and wor

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What was a man’s role on a colonial farm?

[caption id="attachment_23977" align="alignright" width="523"] Tobacco barn, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown[/caption] The planter’s main job was to raise the cash crop and manage the slaves, but those who lived on small farms performed many other jobs as well. Depending on their skills, men built and repaired buildings, fences, and simple furniture for the household. Hunting, to feed th

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What did the typical farm look like in colonial Virginia?

  [caption id="attachment_23939" align="alignleft" width="599"] Corn growing at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown[/caption] In addition to growing a primary cash crop, farmers also grew a variety of other things. Virginia farmers raised vegetables like corn, beans, peas, carrots, and cabbage to eat. Corn was an important crop because it provided food for humans, eaten fresh or

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