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Encounter at the Fall Line

John Smith's meeting with the Mannahoacks

 
 
Encounter at the Fall Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 11, 2008
1. Encounter at the Fall Line Marker
Inscription. In August of 1608, Captain John Smith and his crew explored the lower Rappahannock from the Chesapeake Bay to a point just upstream from this location. Soon after landing, the group was attacked by Mannahoack Indians, a Siouan people who were gathered at a large fishing camp along the River. The English opened fire and all of the Indians fled except for one bowman, named Amoroleck, who was wounded. Mosco, an Indian interpreter hired for the trip, gathered information from Amoroleck which Smith later used to develop a map of the upper Rappahannock.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
 
Location. 38° 19.096′ N, 77° 28.058′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Touch for map. Marker is in Old Mill Park. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A History of Floods (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bound for Freedom (about 700 feet away); Shelton Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Eternal Flame (approx. 0.2 miles away); Freedom Began Here (approx.
Encounter at the Fall Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 11, 2008
2. Encounter at the Fall Line Marker
0.2 miles away); Moncure Daniel Conway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anthony Burns (approx. 0.2 miles away); Conway House (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. In the upper right of the marker is a photograph of an engraving that "depicts what a Native American Chief in Virginia looked like during the time of John Smith's visit."

In the middle of the marker is a, "Rendering of a fortified Siouan village in Virginia."

On the left of the marker is an early area map image provided for the marker courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution. Its caption reads, "The two crosses indicate the farthest points reached during Smith's 1608 explorations. The map also depicts the locations of 5 different Indian villages: Mahaskahod, Hassniunga, Shackaconia, Taxsnitanita and Stegara. The large island below Mahaskahod is believed to be Lauck's Island which is about one mile upstream of Old Mill Park.
 
Also see . . .  Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is responsible for placing this marker. (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Native American Chief at the time of John Smith's visit image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 11, 2008
3. Native American Chief at the time of John Smith's visit
 
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Early map of the area. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 11, 2008
4. Early map of the area.
The two crosses indicate the farthest points reached during Smith's 1608 explorations.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,334 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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