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  • Long Live The Pig!

    05/29/2013 5:01:34 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 125 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-29-13 | Dave The Sage
    Domesticated swine and Western Civilization go back a long way together. The domestic pig was being raised in Europe by about 1500 BC. Rome improved pig breeding and spread them throughout their empire. The early Christians increasingly abandoned the Jewish ban on the eating of pork by about 50 AD and it’s been the celebrated ‘other white meat’ ever since. Pigs and the discovery of the New World went hand in hand. Christopher Columbus took eight pigs on his voyage to Cuba in 1493 at Queen Isabella’s insistence. Hernando de Soto brought America’s first thirteen pigs to Tampa Bay, Fla.,...
  • Larry Schweikart (FReeper "LS"): America's Socialist Origins (video - 5:38)

    03/21/2016 10:11:48 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Prager University ^ | March 21, 2016 | Larry Schweikart
    Was America once socialist? Surprisingly, yes. The early settlers who arrived at Plymouth and Jamestown in the early 1600s experimented with socialist communes. Did it work? History professor Larry Schweikart of the University of Dayton shares the fascinating story.
  • New named pipe found at Jamestown

    11/01/2015 11:04:00 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    History Blog ^ | October 31, 2015
    Archaeologists at Historic Jamestown have discovered the tenth Virginia-made pipe with a name inscribed on the stem. It’s the first new named pipe found at the site since 2009, and in contrast to most of the earlier discoveries, the name is complete: William Faldo. The stockholders of the Virginia Company were expecting to make a quick profit from their investment in the Jamestown settlement, but the struggling colonists could barely keep themselves alive, never mind send back the riches in minerals and trade goods the company had envisioned. They weren’t even self-sufficient, having clashed with the Powhatan tribes weeks after...
  • Mystery reliquary found under America’s first Protestant church

    07/30/2015 2:08:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 30, 2015 | Madeleine Teahan
    Historians speculate that early settler leader could have been a Catholic spy Historians have discovered four bodies and a mystery Catholic reliquary under the first English Protestant church in America.In an extraordinary turn of events, graves have been discovered under what used to be the floor of America’s first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia – the church where Pocahontas married the English colonist John Rolfe.The graves include the bodies of Captain William West, who was killed by Indians, Rev Robert Hunt, Jamestown’s first Anglican minister and Sir Ferdinando Wainman, the first English knight buried in America. The grave of...
  • A Skeleton, a Catholic Relic, and a Mystery About American Origins

    07/29/2015 12:31:45 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7/28/15 | Adrienne LaFrance
    After 400 years in the Virginia dirt, the box came out of the ground looking like it had been plucked from the ocean. A tiny silver brick, now encrusted with a green patina and rough as sandpaper. Buried beneath it was a human skeleton. The remains would later be identified as those of Captain Gabriel Archer, one of the most prominent leaders at Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in America. But it was the box, which appeared to be an ancient Catholic reliquary, that had archaeologists bewildered and astonished... ...It’s the kind of discovery that makes historians, anthropologists, archaeologists,...
  • Jamestown settlers ate 14-year-old girl, researchers say

    03/18/2015 6:31:00 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 80 replies
    Pioneer Press/LA Times ^ | 3-18-15 | Matt Pearce
    The early American settlers called it "the starving time," and accounts of the winter of 1609-1610 were so ghastly, and so morbid, that scholars weren't sure if the stories were true. George Percy, then president of the English settlement of Jamestown in Virginia, wrote that settlers ate horses, then cats and dogs, then boots and bits of leather, and, finally, one another. "One of our colony murdered his wife, ripped the child out of her womb and threw it into the river, and after chopped the mother in pieces and salted her for his food," wrote Percy, who then ordered...
  • Starvation Cannibalism at Jamestown

    01/19/2014 4:03:14 AM PST · by Renfield · 35 replies
    Bones Don't Lie ^ | 5-2-2013 | Katy Myers
    If you’ve read any news in the past day, you’ve seen reports regarding cannibalism in colonial Jamestown. It was known prior that the colonists had undergone a number of starvation years where they were forced to eat foods that they wouldn’t normally. The trash pits from the sites hold the remains of animals who aren’t normally butchered, including horses, cats, dogs, rats and snakes. Burials from this period are not given the complete funerary treatment likely due to the high number of deaths, and the skeletons show evidence of nutritional hardship and early death. The colony was founded in 1607...
  • 2013 Virginia Governor's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

    11/27/2013 10:41:02 AM PST · by Perseverando · 2 replies ^ | November 27, 2013 | Governor Bob McDonnell
    WHEREAS, the first permanent English speaking settlement in the New World was established in Virginia at Jamestown in 1607, as Captain John Smith led a group of settlers across the Atlantic on a voyage that would entail much hardship over the coming years, including disease and starvation; and WHEREAS, to show their appreciation for the colony's success and to take stock and give thanks for their own gifts and blessings, and in spite of tremendous adversity, the settlers in Virginia found time to celebrate the first Thanksgiving in America at Berkeley Plantation on December 4, 1619; and WHEREAS, a state...
  • How Much Do We Really Know About Pocahontas?

    11/03/2013 3:30:17 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 50 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 11-3-13 | Tony Horwitz
    Historian Tony Horwitz tries to separate the truth from the myths that have been built up about the Jamestown “princess” Pocahontas is the most myth-encrusted figure in early America, a romantic “princess” who saves John Smith and the struggling Jamestown colony. But this fairy tale, familiar to millions today from storybook and film, bears little resemblance to the extraordinary young woman who crossed cultures and oceans in her brief and ultimately tragic life. The startling artwork (above), the oldest in the National Portrait Gallery collection, is the only image of Pocahontas taken from life. Made during her visit to London...
  • Colonial America's Oldest Unsolved Murder

    06/25/2013 8:38:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    NPR ^ | June 24, 2013 | Linton Weeks
    When archaeologists in Virginia uncovered the skeletal remains in 1996 of one of Jamestown's first settlers — a young European male designated as JR102C in the catalog — they said he was the victim in what was perhaps Colonial America's oldest unsolved murder. At the time, archaeologist William Kelso, now director of archaeological research and interpretation at Jamestown Rediscovery, reported that "the lead bullet and shot fragments lodged in his lower right leg contained enough force to fracture his tibia and fibula bones, rupturing a major artery below the knee. JR would have bled to death within minutes." Now, 17...
  • 10 European colonies in America that failed before Jamestown

    05/15/2013 3:01:48 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 84 replies
    National Constitution Center ^ | Tue, May 14, 2013..
    The Jamestown settlement in Virginia, which officially was started on May 14, 1607, was one of the first European colonies to last in North America, and was historically significant for hosting the first parliamentary assembly in America. But Jamestown barely survived, as recent headlines about the confirmation of cannibalism at the colony confirm. The adaption to the North American continent by the early Europeans was extremely problematic. The success of tobacco as an early cash crop helped Jamestown weather the loss of most early colonists to disease, starvation, and attacks by the resident population of Native Americans. A turning point...
  • Scientists Find Cannibalism at American Settlement (Jamestown, VA)

    05/02/2013 6:50:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | May 1, 2013 | Brett Zongker
    Scientists find cannibalism at American settlement WASHINGTON — Scientists say they have found the first solid archaeological evidence that some of the earliest American colonists survived harsh conditions by resorting to cannibalism. On Wednesday, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and archaeologists from Jamestown announced the discovery of the bones of a 14-year-old girl with clear signs that she was cannibalized. The human remains date back to the deadly winter of 1609-1610, known as the "starving time" in Jamestown, when hundreds of colonists died. Scientists have said the settlers arrived from England during the worst drought in 800 years....
  • Starving Settlers in Jamestown Colony Resorted to Cannibalism

    05/02/2013 3:41:19 AM PDT · by kimtom · 31 replies ^ | May 01, 2013 | Joseph Stromberg
    The harsh winter of 1609 in Virginia’s Jamestown Colony forced residents to do the unthinkable. A recent excavation at the historic site discovered the carcasses of dogs, cats and horses consumed during the season commonly called the “Starving Time.” But a few other newly discovered bones in particular, though, tell a far more gruesome story: the dismemberment and cannibalization of a 14-year-old English girl. “The chops to the forehead are very tentative, very incomplete,” says Douglas Owsley, the Smithsonian forensic anthropologist who analyzed the bones after they were found by archaeologists from Preservation Virginia. “Then, the body was turned over,...
  • 'Proof' Jamestown settlers turned to cannibalism

    05/01/2013 6:13:03 PM PDT · by Altariel · 36 replies
    BBC ^ | May 1, 2013 | Jane O'Brien
    Newly discovered human bones prove the first permanent English settlers in North America turned to cannibalism over the cruel winter of 1609-10, US researchers have said. Scientists found unusual cuts consistent with butchering for meat on human bones dumped in a rubbish pit. The four-century-old skull and tibia of a teenage girl in James Fort, Virginia, were excavated from the dump last year. James Fort, founded in 1607, was the earliest part of the Jamestown colony.
  • Archaeologists Unearth Rare 17th Century Find at Jamestown Excavations

    06/26/2012 9:44:52 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 18 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Thu, Jun 21, 2012 | Anon.
    The pocket-sized ivory sundial likely belonged to one of the early English gentlemen colonists. It was discovered while archaeologists were carefully digging fill soil above a cellar dated to the early James Fort period (1607-1610) at Jamestown, Virginia, the site of North America's first successful English colony. The artifact was the lower leaf of an ivory pocket sundial known in the 17th century as a diptych dial. It clearly bore the name of its maker, Hans Miller, who was a 17th century craftsman known to have made sundials in Nuremberg, Germany. Like many objects found at the Jamestown excavations, it...
  • Ruins of Oldest Protestant Church in America Found at Jamestown

    11/18/2011 11:39:32 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 68 replies · 1+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | 11-14-11 | Michael Gryboski
    Researchers at Jamestown, Va., may have found the site where the first Protestant church in North America was built. Dr. William Kelso, head of the research team at Jamestown, which was founded as a settlement established by the Virginia Company of London in the 17th century, explained in an interview with The Christian Post that the group began excavating at the site where they may have found the church in the summer of 2010. Kelso, an American archaeologist specializing in Virginia’s colonial period, believes the ruins found are the church because of a “Record of construction in Spring of 1608,...
  • The Unknown Story of Pocahontas. Learning the story of Jamestown, Virginia's survival.

    05/14/2011 9:30:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 05/14/2011 | Charlotte Cushman
    Yesterday was the anniversary of the landing at Jamestown How many people know the story of its survival, a story that reflects our American heritage? I am firm in my conviction that children should know the history of their own country and I find it sad and frightening that multiculturalism is making headway in education. It is very damaging to allow an educational environment where children celebrate everybody else's culture or history, but not their own. I have been appalled to talk to young adults who don't know that the United States was the first country established on the basis...
  • Bin Laden’s Neighbors Say Compound Was Under Surveillance Since 2005

    05/06/2011 3:11:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | May 5, 2011 | Arif Jamal
    An official from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) told the BBC that the compound was raided by the ISI while still under construction in 2003 when the agency believed senior al-Qaeda operative Abu Faraj al-Libi was on site. Since then, however, the official claimed the intelligence agency had taken no interest in the facility: "The compound was not on our radar; it is an embarrassment for the ISI… We're good, but we're not God" (BBC, May 3). However, in a statement that appeared to reveal the confusion over the incident at the highest levels of the Pakistani government, an official from...
  • Jamestown unearths 400-year-old pipes for patrons (tobacco pipes)

    12/31/2010 7:44:44 PM PST · by decimon · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2010 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
    RICHMOND, Va. – Archeologists at Jamestown have unearthed a trove of tobacco pipes personalized for a who's who of early 17th century colonial and British elites, underscoring the importance of tobacco to North America's first permanent English settlement. > "It really brings the people back into the picture," said Bly Straube, senior archaeological curator for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. "We have a lot of artifacts that we can associate with types of people like gentleman or women or children, but to find things like the pipe that bears the name Sir Walter Raleigh, I mean, my goodness. ... It just...
  • Do Southerners Have the Right to be Described as "Native Americans"?

    10/07/2010 8:12:40 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 272 replies · 1+ views
    10-7-2010 | comtedemaistre
    Southerners who celebrate their cultural heritage, are among the most misunderstood people in America. Italians who celebrate Colombus Day, and Irishmen who celebrate St. Patricks Day, never have to suffer the grief that Southerners who want to celebrate Robert E. Lee's Birthday have to endure. Southern identity is partly about celebrating the Anglo-Celtic culture, which is the core culture that existed in America at the time of the founding of America in 1776. It is the culture that gave us the King James Bible, Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and others. Most Southerners, both white and black, are...
  • Mysterious Jamestown Tablet an American Rosetta Stone ?

    01/17/2010 6:07:31 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 26 replies · 1,271+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | January 13, 2010 | Paula Neely
    Slate may show early colonist efforts to communicate with Indians. With the help of enhanced imagery and an expert in Elizabethan script, archaeologists are beginning to unravel the meaning of mysterious text and images etched into a rare 400-year-old slate tablet discovered this past summer at Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America. Digitally enhanced images of the slate are helping to isolate inscriptions and illuminate fine details on the slate—the first with extensive inscriptions discovered at any early American colonial site, said William Kelso, director of research and interpretation at the 17th-century Historic Jamestowne site. With the...
  • Mysterious Inscribed Slate Discovered at Jamestown

    06/12/2009 6:12:31 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 1,665+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | June 8, 2009 | Paula Neely
    Archaeologists in Jamestown, Virginia, have discovered a rare inscribed slate tablet dating back some 400 years, to the early days of America's first permanent English settlement. Both sides of the slate are covered with words, numbers, and etchings of people, plants, and birds that its owner likely encountered in the New World in the early 1600s. The tablet was found a few feet down in what may be the first well at James Fort, dug in early 1609 by Capt. John Smith, Jamestown's best known leader, said Bill Kelso, director of archaeology at the site. If the well is confirmed...
  • Centuries-old slate discovered at Jamestown dig[VA]

    06/08/2009 11:42:02 AM PDT · by BGHater · 49 replies · 1,816+ views
    AP ^ | 08 June 2009 | ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON
    Archaeologists have pulled a 400-year-old slate tablet from what they think was an original well at Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. The slate is covered with faint inscriptions of local birds, flowers, a tree and caricatures of men, along with letters and numbers, according to Preservation Virginia, which jointly operates the dig site with the National Park Service. It was found at the center of James Fort, which was established in 1607 along the James River in eastern Virginia. Research director William Kelso said the inscriptions were made with a slate pencil on the 4-inch-by-8-inch slate....
  • When US tried Communism [ History of Jamestown: 1607 to 1611 ]

    10/31/2008 7:15:01 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 25 replies · 2,203+ views
    The Himalayan Times ^ | 24 Jan 2005 | Rakesh Wadhwa
    I write this especially for our Maoist brothers. While the US is commonly vilified as the bastion of capitalism, it is little known that the US too has tried communism. It was only when communism failed that property rights and capitalism took hold. Let us go back into history and see what lessons America learned from its relatively short dalliance with Maoism much before the ‘great leader' himself was born. The year was 1607. The first 104 settlers had arrived from Europe in Jamestown in the Virginia Tidewater region of the US in May. They found soil which was fertile...
  • 400 Years After Jamestown: Where Did the Bible Go?

    11/03/2007 7:06:33 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 20 replies · 84+ views
    The Good News Magazine ^ | Nov/Dec 2007 | Melvin Rhodes
    400 Years After Jamestown: Where Did the Bible Go? In recent decades the British and American peoples have increasingly turned away from the Bible. Few can even remember when the Word of God was revered in our nations, but only a century ago it was considered the source of the “ennobling ideals” that united both nations. by Melvin Rhodes The Bible was missing. I searched through the sanctuary. It must be somewhere. After all, it was a church. I finally gave up and asked a female volunteer if she knew where the Bible was. She explained that it had been...
  • Critics want statue's arm set right

    09/09/2007 7:26:53 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 3 replies · 301+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 9, 2007 | Sonja Barisic
    Christopher Newport was the captain of one of three ships that carried the America's founding colonists 400 years ago and his likeness has been memorialized in bronze at the university named for him in Newport News, Va. Some alumni and history buffs want the monument to get a hook like the one that replaced the right arm Newport lost in battle 17 years before coming to Jamestown. NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The swashbuckling sea captain who helped found America's first permanent English settlement lost his right arm in battle nearly two decades before bringing the colonists to Jamestown 400...
  • Children honor Jamestown's 400th birthday

    06/16/2007 11:26:23 AM PDT · by JHL · 11 replies · 403+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 16, 2007 | WND
    A century ago the government erected a monument to honor the 300th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Va., and carved into it an admonition to "serve and fear God the giver of all goodness." This year, with the government calling the Jamestown founding an "invasion," the sole monument to honor the 400th anniversary is the Jamestown Children's Monument, dedicated yesterday during events held by Vision Forum Ministries...
  • Freep a poll! (Historical quiz on Jamestown)

    05/16/2007 2:33:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies · 285+ views ^ | 5-16-07 | Hampton Roads
    Test your Jamestown 1607 survival skills: You are a colonist facing winter and need to patch your coat. Besides needle and thread, you need this to wax the thread to make sewing the coat easier: Candle wax Fish oil Ear wax
  • Freep a poll! (Test your Jamestown survival skills. Historical poll)

    05/14/2007 5:44:19 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies · 270+ views ^ | 5-14-07 | Hampton Roads
    Test your Jamestown survival skills: You are a doctor in 1607. Other colonists are complaining about loss of appetite, weakness, lethargy and irritability. Some are hallucinating and having seizures. What is your diagnosis? Lousy disease Scurvy Saltwater poisoning
  • Bush Conducts for Jamestown finale

    05/14/2007 5:27:16 AM PDT · by republicangel · 9 replies · 985+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 14, 2007 | WARREN FISKE
    JAMESTOWN – He’s the president, he can do what he wants. On Sunday, George Bush wanted to conduct a 400-piece symphony playing at the 400th anniversary celebration of the first permanent English settlement in America, at Jamestown. Midway through a rousing rendition of “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” Bush took the baton from JoAnn Falletta, musical director of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. While the Anniversary Park crowd of several thousand roared, the president led the musicians for two minutes without a hitch. Bush pointed to all sections of the orchestra, which included young musicians from around the country. He implored...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (5/13/07): pics of Jamestown 400th Anniversary

    05/13/2007 5:41:45 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 235 replies · 4,236+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: President and Mrs. Bush spent most of the weekend in Washington. However, they did travel to Jamestown, Virigina, today to attend the ceremonies marking the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown settlement. Here is the AP story as published on the FOX News website: President Bush Celebrates Jamestown's 400th Anniversary JAMESTOWN, Virginia, May 13, 2007 (AP) Fond of promoting the endurance of freedom, President George W. Bush on Sunday hailed America's humble beginnings as a reminder that new democracies require huge sacrifice. "From our own history, we know the path to democracy is...
  • Bush Playfully Conducts Orchestra in Va.

    05/13/2007 12:39:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 1,387+ views
    Bush Playfully Conducts Orchestra in Va. May 13 03:19 PM US/Eastern By SONJA BARISIC Associated Press Writer JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) - JoAnn Falletta was doing what a conductor should—concentrating on the orchestra in front of her. No wonder it took her a few seconds on Sunday to realize someone behind her was motioning for a try. President Bush. "Smiling at me kind of devilishly," Falletta said. She gave him her baton and stepped aside. Gesturing exuberantly, the president led the orchestra during part of its performance of "Stars and Stripes Forever." "We didn't expect him to know the score so...
  • Jamestown as it never was(Patrick J. Buchanan)

    05/08/2007 8:05:38 AM PDT · by kellynla · 106 replies · 2,371+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 8, 2007 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    On the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown Settlement, Queen Elizabeth II arrived to commemorate the great occasion. And it took some fancy footwork for Her Majesty to run the Powhatan gauntlet. For Her Majesty had been to Jamestown before, 50 years ago, in a less progressive era. As the Associated Press reported, "The last time the queen helped Virginia mark the anniversary of its colonial founding, it was an all-white affair in a state whose government was in open defiance of a 1954 Supreme Court order to desegregate public schools." Now, "massive resistance" is history. And Her Majesty was quick...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 5-4-07

    05/04/2007 5:02:16 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 190 replies · 3,807+ views
    President Bush met today with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Oval Office. (Transcript) Later, the president hosted a Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rose Garden (Transcript) Vice President Dick Cheney welcomed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh to America and escorted the Queen on a tour of Jamestown, Virginia, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first English settlement. (Transcript) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice continued her meeting with the Iraq conference at the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheik in Egypt. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates traveled to Fort...
  • Queen Elizabeth Visits Jamestown

    05/04/2007 6:12:25 AM PDT · by xp38 · 10 replies · 689+ views
    Forbes ^ | May 4 2007 | AP
    Queen Elizabeth II will visit Jamestown's living history museum and its archaeological dig site Friday to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in America. The British queen and her husband, Prince Philip, will be accompanied by Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne. Cheney also is expected to attend a lunch in the queen's honor in Williamsburg. The queen is then scheduled to visit the College of William and Mary before leaving for Kentucky, where she is to watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. She's also expected to visit Washington, D.C., and attend a state...
  • Queen Elizabeth in US for 400th Anniversary of First Settlement

    05/03/2007 11:02:38 AM PDT · by Cecily · 26 replies · 989+ views
    Agence France Presse ^ | May 3, 2007 | Jitendra Joshi
    RICHMOND, United States (AFP) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II headed Thursday for a rare state visit to the United States, to mark the 400th anniversary of an English settlement that laid the foundations of history's greatest superpower. After arriving on a chartered British Airways jet, Elizabeth was due to start her six-day trip in the Virginia capital Richmond and address the state's legislature, which is America's oldest representative body. Virginians from Governor Tim Kaine down brushed up on royal protocol as they prepared to greet the British queen during a walkabout and musical concert at the grounds of the newly...
  • Virginia Rolls Out Red Carpet For Queen

    05/03/2007 2:20:24 PM PDT · by Enchante · 131 replies · 2,492+ views
    CBS/AP ^ | May 3, 2007 | AP STAFF
    Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, stepped off a chartered British Airways airplane just after 3 p.m. Thursday in Richmond, Va., signaling the beginning of a six-day American trip. It is her first visit to the United States in 16 years. The queen stopped at the end of a red carpet while both British and American National Anthems were played. Her motorcade left shortly afterward. On Thursday evening, she was expected to take a horse-drawn carriage through Colonial Williamsburg. And while the queen represents a monarchy the United States went to some trouble to get rid of, her...
  • Virginians ready to meet the queen

    05/03/2007 11:01:36 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 1 replies · 311+ views
    CNN ^ | May 3, 2007
    RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) -- Terry O'Neill was just a wee lad from Liverpool the last time he got within a few feet of Queen Elizabeth II. Years later, the burly owner of the Beatles-influenced Penny Lane Pub in Richmond plans to have a second brush with English royalty on Thursday -- with a little help from his friends. O'Neill and his wife, Rose, were among thousands of people expected to jam Capitol Square for a glimpse of the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, when the royals arrive to mark the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown colony. "I left England...
  • Jamestown -- the birth of a nation 400 years ago

    05/01/2007 3:28:31 AM PDT · by Thinkin' Gal · 73 replies · 1,703+ views
    Yahoo (AFP) ^ | 29 April 2007 | by Jocelyne Zablit
    Jamestown -- the birth of a nation 400 years ago The replica Jamestown ships, The Susan Constant, center, Godspeed, right, and Discovery ply the waters of Hampton Roads as they make their way to Virginia Beach to participate in the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Va., Tuesday, April 24, 2007. The centerpiece of the 18-month commemoration of the 400th anniversary of America's first permanent English settlement is almost here after a decade of planning. About two-thirds of the tickets for the 'America's Anniversary Weekend' extravaganza May 11-13 remain available; 31,587 had been sold as of...
  • Jamestown Milestone

    03/30/2007 7:42:35 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 24 replies · 221+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 30 March 2007 | Mona Charen
    The quadricentennial of the Jamestown settlement will be noted this spring. Whether it will be celebrated is a freighted question. Virginia has gone to some expense and effort remembering the founding settlers of 1607. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is serving as honorary chair of what is being called “America's 400th Birthday.” There will be musical performances, lectures and seminars. The Queen of England will visit on May 4 and 5. But emblematic of our troubled understanding of our past and our present discomfort with our national identity, the powers that be in Virginia have decided not to...
  • 'Celebration' banned for Jamestown's 400th--You can't celebrate an invasion

    03/08/2007 5:24:52 AM PST · by SJackson · 147 replies · 3,801+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 3-8-07 | Bob Unruh
    'Celebration' banned for Jamestown's 400thEvents marking settlement's anniversary condemn its 'holocaust' Posted: March 8, 20071:00 a.m. Eastern By Bob Unruh© 2007 This year is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of settlers in Jamestown, 13 years before the Plymouth Pilgrims appeared on America's shores. And there will be discussions on the environmental impact of the settlement and its impact on African-Americans and Native Americans. But there will be no celebration. "You can't celebrate an invasion," Mary Wade, a member of Jamestown 2007 organizing committee, has stated. After all, Indian tribes "were pushed back off of their land, even killed. Whole tribes...
  • Archaeologist's 'Henrytowne' theory shakes up Virginia history

    02/12/2007 6:25:12 AM PST · by SlowBoat407 · 15 replies · 803+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 12, 2007 | SUSAN E. WHITE
    VIRGINIA BEACH - For 400 years, the history of early Virginia has focused on the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown. But Randy Amici believes history has overlooked something important - a possible settlement and a fort more than 60 miles away, near what is now Fort Story in Virginia Beach. It was called Henrytowne, and Amici thinks it may have been established as early as 1610. Amici's findings have stirred up a historical hornet's nest among others who question whether Henry-towne ever existed. Today, Amici will take his conclusions to Williamsburg, where an intrigued group of Virginia historians will...
  • Sheriff shot in Jamestown, NC (Resident report)

    02/07/2007 9:17:47 AM PST · by HIDEK6 · 49 replies · 1,508+ views
    A sherill has just been shot on Butterwood Drive in Jamestown, NC. There are at least 40 LEOs at the site along with paramedics and EMTs
  • NASA to honor early U.S. explorers

    02/01/2007 7:29:52 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 6 replies · 224+ views
    UPI ^ | 01/31/07
    RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- NASA plans to take four coins and a 400-year-old artifact into space to honor early U.S. explorers. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration plans to take the two sets of coins and the artifact from historic Jamestown aboard space shuttle Atlantis, scheduled for launch in March to the International Space Station. The artifact, a metal cargo tag reading "Yames Towne," was unearthed at Jamestown -- the 1607 site of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. Two sets of Jamestown commemorative coins, authorized by Congress and recently issued by the U.S. Mint, will...
  • Jamestown seeds reflect survival efforts

    01/09/2007 6:37:25 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 7 replies · 664+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | 1-9-07 | SONJA BARISIC
    This photo released by National Geographic Society shows a tiny 400-year-old uncharred tobacco seed, shown magnified 350 times, that was unearthed by APVA Preservation Virginia archaeologists in a well used by colonists as early as 1610 in Jamestown Island, Va. (AP Photo/College of William & Mary Applied Research Center/APVA Preservation Virginia via National Geographic Society) Seeds and plant remains preserved in a well at America's first permanent English settlement suggest the Jamestown colonists were not just gentlemen with few wilderness survival skills, as they are often portrayed, but tried to live off the land by gathering berries and nuts....
  • Minorities seek history class changes

    08/21/2006 6:08:12 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 56 replies · 1,191+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/20/06 | Erin Texeira
    American students often get the impression from history classes that the British got here first, settling Jamestown, Va., in 1607. They hear about how white Northerners freed the black slaves, how Asians came in the mid-1800s to build Western railroads. The lessons have left out a lot. Forty-two years before Jamestown, Spaniards and American Indians lived in St. Augustine, Fla. At least several thousand Latinos and nearly 200,000 black soldiers fought in the Civil War. And Asian-Americans had been living in California and Louisiana since the 1700s. Now, more of these and other lesser-known facts about American minorities are getting...
  • 400-year-old pistol found on site of first American colonists(17th-century Scottish Pistol)

    07/27/2006 8:59:09 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 50 replies · 2,267+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 27 July 2006 | RICHARD LUSCOMBE
    ARCHAEOLOGISTS have uncovered a rare but perfectly preserved early 17th-century Scottish pistol at the historic former British colony known as the birthplace of the United States, making the firearm one of the oldest artefacts of European origin ever discovered in North America. The weapon probably belonged to one of the first settlers to arrive at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, and was recovered from a well at the site with several other "hugely significant" artefacts. "It was like Christmas in July," said Bly Straube, the curator of the Jamestown Rediscovery museum where the snaphaunce pistol, probably made by a manufacturer in...
  • Cache of artifacts found in Jamestown well

    07/26/2006 7:15:53 AM PDT · by Theoden · 29 replies · 1,502+ views
    Associated Press/Yahoo News ^ | July 25, 2006 | DIONNE WALKER
    RICHMOND, Va. - Sometime around 1610, archaeologists figure, a thirsty colonist in Jamestown set his brass pistol on the side of a well as he pulled up some water and accidentally knocked the weapon in.
  • Colonial Skeleton Stumps Archaeologists (Jamestown)

    03/26/2006 4:31:47 PM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 1,222+ views
    Newsfactor ^ | 3/24/06 | AP
    Results from other recent tests on bone samples confirmed that the Jamestown skeleton was an immigrant to America, showing that he ate a diet rich in wheat as opposed to an American corn diet, researchers said. The quest to identify a nearly intact skeleton found at Jamestown continues. Jamestown officials said this week that without DNA proof, researchers are doing other studies to test their theory that the skeleton discovered in 2002 belongs to Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold, a founder of the first permanent English settlement in North America, established almost 400 years ago. The announcement came after The Church of...
  • Making Indian warriors into pacifists

    12/09/2005 12:42:23 AM PST · by beaversmom · 8 replies · 596+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | December 7, 2005 | Michael Medved | "The New World," a film slated for Christmas day release, tells the romantic story of Pocahontas and John Smith, but ads for the movie tell a more depressing story of political correctness. A glossy magazine layout says that what settlers "named the Jamestown Settlement was already home to a noble civilization." On my radio show, I mocked the idea that the pre-literate, stone-aged Powhatan Indians of Virginia constituted a "noble civilization," and in later version of ads for the movie, the word "noble" disappeared. In its place, however, New Line Cinema included an even more absurd declaration, claiming...