• Structure 17, Glassblowing and Island Drive

    Historic Jamestowne

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia


This gumbo staple was introduced to the New World from Africa. Used as a thickening agent, it was cultivated by Thomas Jefferson as early as 1809.

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Tree ring section showing drought periods 1587-1589 and 1606-1612

Dendrochronology, the study of tree rings, indicates the Jamestown colonists arrived during the worst drought period in over 800 years for the lower Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia.