West Virginia Statehood

On June 20, 1863, West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state of the United States of America. Located in the Appalachian Mountain range, the state covers an area of 24,229.76 square miles (62,754.8 km²), with 24,077.73 square miles (62,361.0 km²) of land and 152.03 square miles (393.8 km²) of water, making it the 41st largest state in the United States. West Virginia borders Pennsylvania and … Continue reading West Virginia Statehood

The Establishment of Jamestown in 1607

When I was growing up, I was quite blessed that my family undertook long vacations each summer from our homes in Texas, Tennessee, or Kansas. Many of these holiday trips had as their final destination the home of a relative, most of whom lived on either the Atlantic Seaboard or out west in California. En route from our mid-America starting points, we would drive from … Continue reading The Establishment of Jamestown in 1607

Pocahontas

On April 5, 1614,  Native American Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in the British colony of Virginia. Born Matoaka and known as Amonute, Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief of a network of tributary tribal nations in the Tsenacommacah, encompassing the Tidewater region of Virginia. Notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia,  she is said to have … Continue reading Pocahontas

The Jamestown Massacre of March 22, 1621/22

On Friday, March 22, 1622, Algonquians attacked and killed English settlers around Jamestown, in the English Colony of Virginia, during the Second Anglo-Powhatan War. John Smith, though he had not been in Virginia since 1609 and was not a first hand eyewitness, related in his History of Virginia that braves of the Powhatan “came unarmed into our houses with deer, turkeys, fish, fruits, and other … Continue reading The Jamestown Massacre of March 22, 1621/22