Dumpling Island

Dumpling Island (HM149)

Location: Suffolk, VA 23434
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 49.59', W 76° 34.89'

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The ceremonial heart of the Nansemond Indian district stood a mile east on Dumpling Island in the Nansemond River. In 1608, Capt. John Smith led colonists upriver to obtain corn from the Nansemonds, who attacked but were defeated and forced to feed them. The next summer, anticipating what was later called the "starving time" Smith transferred Capt. John Martin and 60 of the Jamestown colonists to the Island. After his advance party disappeared, Martin attacked the Nansemonds, looted and burned their houses and temples, despoiled their dead, and seized their corn. The Indians soon counterattacked, driving the colonists back to Jamestown.
HM NumberHM149
Marker NumberK-249
Year Placed1998
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 9:54pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 358960 N 4076792
Decimal Degrees36.82650000, -76.58150000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 49.59', W 76° 34.89'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 49' 35.40" N, 76° 34' 53.40" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4700-4916 VA-10, Suffolk VA 23434, US
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