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Strachey's A Dictionarie of the Indian Language

Smith's Vocabulary of Indian words

Weroances and Their Tribes

English Observers

William Strachey' s Description of Critters in the Chesapeake Bay

Henry Spelman, Relation of Virginia, 1609


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1558 Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England
1570 Jesuit priests from Spain set up a mission on the York River
1571 Jesuit priests were massacred
1584 Queen Elizabeth I issued a charter to Sir Walter Raleigh to establish a colony on Roanoke Island
1591 Roanoke Colony was lost
1603 James I was crowned King of England
1607 Jamestown was founded and named after James II Capital of the Powhatan Confederacy - Werowocomoco (Gloucester County)
1609 Powhatan moved his capital to Orapax (western New Kent County)
1611 Tobacco was the cash crop in Virginia
1614 Pocahontas (Princess Matoaka) was married to John Rolfe; she renounced her heritage and changed her name to Rebecca
1617 Rebecca Rolfe (Pocahontas) died
1618 Chief Powhatan died; succeeded by second brother, Opithapam; Opechancanough assumed control from Opithapam only months later
1622 Opechancanough massacred approximately 350 English settlers, about one quarter of the English population
1623 The Powhatans formally proposed a truce for the planting of corn
1644 Opechancanough headed another bloody Indian insurrection
1646 Opechancanough was captured by Governor Sir William Berkely; later killed by a guard

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