Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Belmont Bay ~ End of the Water
The Dogues’ main village of Tauxenent was located near the Occoquan, most likely on Mason Neck directly across Occoquan Creek from this location. Dogue people called that land Myampses. Early colonial land patents refer to it as Dogg’s Island.
Englishmen established Jamestown in May, 1607. As their relations with the local Powhatan people became hostile, they explored further inland. In June, 1608 John Smith led an expedition up the Potomac and found the Dogues’ king’s howse. As many as 175 people occupied this village, which Smith referred to as Tauxenent. Smith’s men met the “Toags” who “…did their best to content us.”* Dogue society was complex and long established. Dogues lived in communal longhouses. They hunted, fished, ate seasonal foods and grew numerous crops. These crops included corn and native tobacco, which the Dogues taught English settlers to cultivate.
As more English colonists arrived in Virginia, tension between the colonists and the Indian people
* From Captain John Smith’s History of Virginia, David Freeman Hawke, ed., the Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., Indianapolis & New York, 1970.
Erected 2007 by Prince William County.
Location. 38° 39.405′ N, 77° 14.051′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Harbor Side Street near Custis Street. Touch for map. Marker is on a walking path, near the river. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Nation's River (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Land Patents (approx. 0.8 miles away); Occoquan (approx. 0.8 miles away); The First Courthouse of Prince William County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fairfax County / Prince William County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Colchester (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Beehive Brick Kiln (approx. 2 miles away); Women Suffrage Prisoners at Occoquan Workhouse (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
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Categories. • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,464 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.