An Unoccupied Site
“Do not offend the naturals,” advised the Council of the Virginia Company of London. An estimated 15,000 Virginia Indians dwelt in Tidewater Virginia in 1607 and their goodwill was needed by the newcomers. The future site of Jamestown, although likely serving as a seasonal hunting preserve for the nearby Paspahegh, was unoccupied when the three ships landed there May 13, 1607.
Did You Know?
Captain John Smith produced a dictionary of over 500 Powhatan Indian words. Opossum, raccoon, persimmon and Chesapeake are all Powhatan Indian words.