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Near Lawrenceville in Brunswick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Governor Alexander Spotswood

 
 
Governor Alexander Spotswood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 21, 2009
1. Governor Alexander Spotswood Marker
Inscription. Alexander Spotswood (1676-1740) was Governor of Virginia from 1710 to 1722. Born in Africa of a Scottish family, he had distinguished himself at the Battle of Bleinheim and was wounded. He was appointed to the governor’s position in Virginia in 1710. He was an energetic and ambitious man, the first governor to see the promise and value of developing frontier lands. He desired stable relations with Virginia’s Indians as well as those in neighboring territories in order to preserve peace along the uneasy frontier by protecting the settlers. His motives were financial as well, as he wanted to capture the lucrative fur trade to the south of the James, and to do so he established the Virginia Company to trade with Indians at this fort which he laid out himself and named Christanna. His interest in the education and the religious education of Native Americans led to his support not only of the Indian School here, but also to the Indian School at the College of William and Mary. He built a house a half-mile east of Fort Christanna. After his term as governor, he married and retired to his home near his ironworks in Germanna in Spotsylvania County, named in his honor.
 
Location. 36° 42.84′ N, 77° 52.228′ W. Marker is near Lawrenceville, Virginia, in Brunswick County
Governor Alexander Spotswood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 21, 2009
2. Governor Alexander Spotswood Marker
. Marker can be reached from Fort Hill Road 1.1 miles west of Christanna Highway, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. This marker is located within the Fort Christanna Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Brodnax VA 23920, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Colonial Dames of America Monument (a few steps from this marker); Site of Fort Christanna (a few steps from this marker); Fort Christanna: Established 1714 (a few steps from this marker); Native Americans and Fort Christanna (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Christanna (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Christanna (approx. 2.1 miles away); Hospital and School of the Good Shepherd (approx. 2.3 miles away); Brunswick County Courthouse (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lawrenceville.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a "Portrait of Alexander Spotswood by Charles Bridges." Courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. On the lower right is photo of "A glass insert from a cufflink found at the site of Spotswood’s house."
 
Categories. EducationForts, CastlesNative AmericansNotable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
Fort Christanna Historic Site. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 21, 2009
3. Fort Christanna Historic Site.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 887 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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