• Structure 17, Glassblowing and Island Drive

    Historic Jamestowne

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

Yams or Sweet Potatoes

yams
 
Enslaved Africans enjoyed the New World sweet potato much as they did the closely-related yam, a native root crop of West Africa.
 

Did You Know?

Powhatan Indians watching the newly arrived English built their fort.

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...