Boiled and served with spicy stews and soups, this indigenous West African grain soon began appearing on the tables of masters as well as servants. Although rice cultivation was attempted by such 17th-century Virginia plantation owners as Governor Sir William Berkeley, it proved a more valuable cash crop to colonies further south.
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The land the English settled in 1607 was already home to more than thirty Powhatan Indian tribes. Each tribe had its own chief (weroance/weroansqua) who was “ruled” by paramount chief (mamanatowick) Powhatan. This Powhatan Chiefdom spanned all of tidewater Virginia and parts of the Eastern Shore. More...