• Structure 17, Glassblowing and Island Drive

    Historic Jamestowne

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

Point A (Atlantic) to Point P (Pacific)

John Farrer's misleading 1651 map of Virginia depicts a narrow North American continent. (Note that north is to the right on this map.)

Lewis and Clarke were not the first to seek a water route across North America; European explorers had been seeking the elusive Northwest Passage for centuries before. Virginia Indians, John Smith reported, told that, to the west, beyond “a great ridge of high hills”, “a great sea doth run”. The James River was broad and deep: could it be a shortcut to the silk and spices of India and China?


Did You Know?

A photograph of a tribute payment picture from the Pamunkey Indian Museum.

The Pamunkey and Mattaponi are the only Virginia Indian tribes who own reservation lands. The lands were granted by treaties signed with the English in 1646 and 1677. The tribes still make the yearly tribute payment of fish and game - now to the Virginia Governor - as stipulated by those treaties! More...