America’s history REALLY began in Jamestown, VA

If you paid attention to history classes, you’d know that the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock on a cold Thanksgiving wasn’t the first to land in America. So that whole Plymouth Rock theory…yea…well. But don’t take our word for it, dust off the American History books and see for yourself. For those who don’t believe it, we’re here to set the record straight.

We arrived in Williamsburg, Virginia area May 1st (2015) with plans to stay three weeks at U.S. Naval Weapons Station Cheatham Annex RV Park.  One of the cool places we wanted to visit was  Jamestown National Historic Park; where our Nation’s history really began.

 

About Jamestown History…

Walk in the steps of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas where a successful English colonization of North America began.  Despite early struggles to survive, the 1607 settlement evolved into a prosperous colony.  As the colony expanded, the Virginia Indians were pushed out of their homeland.  In 1619, the arrival of Africans was recorded, marking the origin of slavery in English North America. -National Park Service

Located on the James River, Britain’s King James  sent Explorer Captain John Smith to set up the Virginia Company in Jamestown, to colonize Virginia for profit. Hence, the reason why the town was named Jamestown. The expedition set sail from England in three small sailing ships, the Discovery, the Susan Constant and the Godspeed.

It wasn’t until the following year in 1607 when the English settlers first arrived on the shore of what is now Jamestown.

 

It was also when Captain John Smith met Pocahontas, a Powhatan Native American later known as Rebecca Rolfe. Pocahontas assisted English colonists during their first rough years in Virginia.

 

Jamestown today…

Today, Jamestown is listed as one of America’s National Historic Parks and one worth visiting if you’re in the Williamsburg area. It’s located on the Colonial Parkway near Williamsburg.
Admittance into the park to walk the grounds, visit the museum and watch a presentation cost $14 per person if one does not have the National Park Pass.

 

Even if you don’t have the pass, the money is well-worth the hours spent  learning things not taught in school. Or, if they were, many of us either don’t remember or didn’t pay attention to those important details of our Nation’s history.

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