"The Island of the Virginia Colony" Jamestown Island by grandmaR

Jamestown Island Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 38 photos

Jamestown Island is near where the first settlement in Virginia was made. Most of the island is now under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service in conjunction with the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.

Today you may explore the Island Drive, which is run by the NPS

Jamestown Island was chosen by the English to avoid the Spanish

But if you choose your place so far up as a bark of fifty tuns will float, then you may lay all your provisions ashore with ease, and the better receive the trade of all the countries about you in the land; and such a place you may perchance find a hundred miles from the river's mouth, and the further up the better. For if you sit down near the entrance, except it be in some island that is strong by nature, an enemy that may approach you on even ground, may easily pull you out; and if he be driven to seek you a hundred miles [in] the land in boats, you shall from both sides of the river where it is narrowest, so beat them with your muskets as they shall never be able to prevail against you.

Jamestown Island is ringed with slow moving water and a marsh of reeds, cypress, and pine. One of the first industries attempted at Jamestown was the extraction of pitch and tar from the pine trees in this swampy area. Pitch, tar, and the pine trees themselves were used for shipbuilding.

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