Thursday, April 26, 2012

On April 26

On this day in ...
... 1607, English who'd sailed across the Atlantic made a 1st landing on the shore of what's now Virginia, a Commonwealth of the United States. A few days later, one George Percy reported, the group landed again "'set up a cross at Chesupioc'" -- now Chesapeake -- "'Bay, and named the place Cape Henry.'" (map credit) Nearly 175 colonialist years later, off this same coast French ships beat the British in a naval battle that "set the stage for General George Washington's victory at Yorktown," and so the Americans prevailed in the Revolutionary War. This dual identity of the spot moved the National Park Service to this poetic musing about the site:
'The beginning and end of British America has roots on these windswept sands.'
(Prior April 26 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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