Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
World’s Largest Natural Harbor
This body of water before you is the world’s largest natural harbor. Hampton Roads is formed by the confluence of the Elizabeth, James, and Nansemond rivers. The English settlers named this waterway jointly in honor of the Earl of Southampton (a stockholder in the Virginia Company of London) and for the nautical term “roadstead.” At Hampton Roads, the colonists shipped their tobacco crops to England and imported European manufactured goods. The value of the cargo was immense, and the English established fortifications at Old Point Comfort to the east and Newport News Point to the west. Despite these defenses, Hampton Roads attracted pirates and foreign invaders.
The Dutch sent an expedition into Hampton Roads in 1667. This engagement was part of the Second Anglo-Dutch Naval War, which was a struggle for command of the English Channel and worldwide trade. Colonel Miles Cary, Sr., the colony’s ranking militia officer, died while defending Old Point Comfort
Erected 2007 by Newport News Founders’ Trail.
Location. 36° 58.941′ N, 76° 23.764′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on 16th Street (Virginia Route 167), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23607, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monitor – Merrimack (here, next to this marker); Birth of Naval Aviation (within shouting distance of this marker); Monitor – Merrimack Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Stuart (approx. half a mile away); The Newsome House (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Newsome House (approx. ¾ mile away); Annie Belle Daniels (approx. 0.9 miles away); Phillis Wheatley (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport News.
More about this marker. The upper right
Categories. • Colonial Era • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,106 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.