— Jamestown Settlement —
Following Cabeza de Vaca, this area was further explored by Hernando de Soto in 1541, and claimed for France in 1682 by La Salle, whose attempt at establishing a colony five years later ended in his death. In 1699 Pierre Lemoyne Sieur d’Iberville built a fort near the present site of New Orleans. New Orleans was founded in 1718, and in 1731 Louisiana became a French crown colony. In 1763 France ceded the territory to Spain, who gave it back to the French in 1800. Three years later France sold the territory to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
1528-Explored by Cabeza de Vaca for Spain
1699-Permanently settled by the French
1812-Admitted to the Union as the 18th state.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1541.
Location. 37° 13.558′ N, 76° 46.981′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Jamestown Road. The marker is located near the Jamestown Settlement Visitor Center. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ohio (here, next to this marker); Tennessee (here, next to this marker); Indiana (here, next to this marker); Mississippi (a few steps from this marker); Kentucky (a few steps from this marker); Vermont (a few steps from this marker); West Virginia (a few steps from this marker); Kansas (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamestown.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 19, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.