• Colonial National Historical Park

    Colonial

    National Historical Park Virginia

Witness America’s Beginnings, from an English colony in 1607 to an independent nation in 1781.

On May 13, 1607, Jamestown was established as the first permanent English settlement in North America. Three cultures came together – European, Virginia Indian and African–to create a new society that would eventually seek independence from Great Britain. On October 19, 1781, American and French troops defeated the British at Yorktown in the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.

Did You Know?

A raccoon searching for food among shoreline rocks

The words opossum, raccoon, persimmon and Chesapeake are not English words, but rather Algonquian words, the language of the Powhatan Indians of the Chesapeake Bay area. John Smith, William Strachey and others published list of various Indian words.