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Chapter
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Wandering, Foraging, and Farming
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Chapter
2
Exploration of the New World
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Chapter
3
Contact and Conflict
Time Period

16,000 BCE to 1622 CE

Exploration of the New World

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“Virginie,” a French playing card depicting a Virginia Indian, 1644. (VMHC 1985.127)
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“Virginiae item et Floridae Americae provinciarum, nova description” (Amsterdam: Hondius, 1619). In the 1580s, the English made exploratory trips to the Outer Banks (of today’s North Carolina), from which they explored the mainland and the Chesapeake Bay. This map was based on a watercolor made at that time. (VMHC Map F221 1619:1)
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Portrait of Elizabeth I, Queen of England, by an unidentified artist. Until her reign, the English showed little interest in exploration, being occupied instead with European trade and establishing control over the British Isles. (VMHC 1990.81)

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16,000 BCE to 1622 CE
A Land of Opportunity: Creating Virginia
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1623 to 1763
A Distant Dominion
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1764 to 1824
From British Colony to American State
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1825 to 1860
Challenge of a New Century
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1861 to 1876
Civil War and Reconstruction
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1877 to 1924
Virginia in the New South
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1925 to Today
Dynamic Dominion

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