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Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Kiskiak Indians

 
 
Kiskiak Indians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. Kiskiak Indians Marker
Inscription. Algonquin-speaking people occupied eastern Virginia when the English landed at Jamestown in 1607. The Kiskiak, one of their chiefdoms allied under the principal chiefdom of Powhatan, was located near here on the banks of Indian Field Creek. John Smith estimated that the Kiskiak village included “around 40-50 fighting men.” Although primarily located about 15 miles from Jamestown, the Kiskiak ranged across the Peninsula and up and down the south bank of the York River, known to them by the name Pamunkey.

Encroachment on Indian lands by a growing number of land-hungry European newcomers resulted in conflict as settlement pressed north and west from Jamestown. After participating in the Indian uprising of 1622 and ensuing retaliatory acts by the settlers, the Kiskiak abandoned the area in 1629. They moved to the Piankatank River region, leaving their village and the surrounding vicinity that would eventually become York County.
 
Erected 2010 by York County.
 
Location. 37° 14.311′ N, 76° 30.475′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Water Street and Buckner Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located along
Yorktown's Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
2. Yorktown's Riverwalk
Yorktown's Riverwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia Institute of Marine Science (here, next to this marker); Heavy Artillery at Yorktown (within shouting distance of this marker); Wars & Yorktown (within shouting distance of this marker); The York River (within shouting distance of this marker); York River Ecosystem (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington and Francois De Grasse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Olympic Flame (within shouting distance of this marker); Kiskiack (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. A Map of Virginia, John Smith, 1624. Image courtesy of Library of Congress.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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