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Near Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

This land called Tsenacomoco

 
 
This land called Tsenacomoco panel image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 22, 2010
1. This land called Tsenacomoco panel
Inscription. When the English arrived in 1607, Paramount Chief Powhatan controlled much of Tidewater Virginia. His sphere of influence included over 30 tribes and 160 towns located from the coast to the James River fall line. The colonists built Jamestown in the territory of the Paspahegh, a Powhatan tribe with its primary town six miles upriver.

Colonist William Strachey, writing in 1612, noted that in springtime some Virginia Indians “…disperse themselves in small companies and live upon such beasts as they can kill with their bows and arrows. [They dine upon] crabs, oysters, land tortoises, strawberries, mulberries and such like; …they feed upon the roots of tuckahoe berryes, ground nuts, fish and green wheat (corn).”

On Jamestown Island, Glasshouse Point, and here at Neck of Land, archaeologists found fire-cracked rock from campfires, stone flakes from tool making, pottery sherds, projectile points, and deposits of oyster shell, all evidence of hunting and fishing camps, many dating to the Woodland period.
 
Location. 37° 13.173′ N, 76° 46.211′ W. Marker is near Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker can be reached from Colonial Parkway one mile east of Jamestown Road (Virginia Route 31). Click for map. This marker
Land of Neck panels image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 22, 2010
2. Land of Neck panels
is located at the Jamestown Information Station. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonist on Neck of Land (here, next to this marker); On Roads of Water (approx. 0.6 miles away); Colonial Parkway (approx. 0.7 miles away); Excellent Good Timber (approx. 0.7 miles away); Governor Yeardley’s Lot 1620’s (approx. 0.7 miles away); Neck of Land (approx. ¾ mile away); Jamestown (approx. ¾ mile away); A Place of Work (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a painting with the caption, “John Smith trades with Powhatan Indians” by Sidney King, ca.1963

On the lower right is a painting with the caption, “English settlers in a Powhatan Indian towm” by Sidney King, c.1957
 
Also see . . .  Colonial Parkway. (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Tsenacomoco display image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 22, 2010
3. Tsenacomoco display
Jamestown Information Station image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 22, 2010
4. Jamestown Information Station
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 897 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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