The James River

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In 2007, House Resolution 16 of the 110th Congress named the James River as "America's Founding River." The first permanent English settlement in the New World was made on the banks of the James at Jamestown in 1607, and representative government in America began there in 1619. The river runs for 340 miles entirely in Virginia, from the Allegheny Mountains to Hampton Roads and the Chesapeake Bay. Canal boats, steamboats, and railroads made it a mainstream of commerce and communication for the growing state. While the river's scenic views have remained relatively unchanged since 1607, there is still much to discover along its length through 20 counties, three major cities, and numerous small towns on its way to the sea. With more than 200 images, The James River seeks to raise awareness about this great river and its history while helping to protect and preserve it for the future.
ISBN: 9781467134088
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 223
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author and naval architect William A. Fox was born in Newport News and has lived, worked, and recreated on or near the James River for most of his life. He is the author of Always Good Ships: Histories of Newport News Ships, Downtown Newport News, and many articles on local and maritime history.
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