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Up-River Venture

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

 

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 11, 2019
1. Up-River Venture Marker
Inscription.  On May 21, 1607, a week after establishing Jamestown, Christopher Newport led a small band of colonists, including John Smith, up the James River. They were carrying out orders from their sponsors, the Virginia Company of London, to discover "the river above you."

On this, the first of more than a dozen expeditions up the James, the explorers visited the Indian town of Powhatan, "of which place," wrote Smith, "their great emperor taketh his name." The town was situated near the river. Then, as today, the waters in this part of the James were important fisheries, especially when andromous fish such as striped bass and sturgeon came from the sea to spawn in fresh waters.

"...Captain Newport and myself with diverse others to the number of twenty-two persons, set forward to discover the river some fifty or sixty miles, finding... the country for the most part on each side plain high ground with many fresh springs, the people in all places kindly entreating us..."
– Captain John Smith, A True Relation, 1608

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Sturgeon Comeback

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By Devry Becker Jones, May 11, 2019
2. Up-River Venture Marker
a brief listing of Algonquian words learned from the Powhatan, Smith includes "Copotone," for "sturgeon." Once plentiful in the James and a staple for natives and colonists alike, sturgeon virtually disappeared by the 20th century. Recent spottings indicate they are coming back to historic spawning sites near the falls.

The smooth waters below the falls of the James have always attracted fishing—whether for sustenance, as in the time of the Powhatan or for recreation in more recent times. This 1895 image, colorized, shows the Anacrow's Landing area, looking west from Rocketts.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 31.231′ N, 77° 25.128′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on Brander Street east of Manchester Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Brander Street, Richmond VA 23224, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Atlantic Sturgeon (within shouting distance of this marker); People-Technology-Commerce-Warfare (within shouting distance of this marker); Ancarrow's Landing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crossing the Atlantic (about 300 feet away); Mechanics of Slavery
John Smith Explores the Chesapeake image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 11, 2019
3. John Smith Explores the Chesapeake
(about 500 feet away); Rocketts Landing (about 600 feet away); Despair of Slavery (about 700 feet away); Union Army Enters Richmond (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationWaterways & Vessels
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 11, 2019
4. Join the Adventure
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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