Good, Sweet Water
The English remarked that the James was “sweet” (i.e. not brackish) when they arrived on May 13th. And so it was: the snow from the mountains was melting, filling the river with fresh-tasting water. Within a few weeks, however, the weather had heated up and the water was too salty to be healthy to drink. The wells the 17th-century settlers found it necessary to dig have proven archeological treasure-troves to 20th-century excavators.
Did You Know?
No Virginia Indian tribes have federal recognition. The normal way – petitioning the Bureau of Indian Affairs – cannot be taken because of Walter Plecker’s "paper genocide" in the 1900s. Since the 1990s, six of the state-recognized tribes have been trying to get it through an Act of Congress. More...