The Jamestown Riverfront 1630-1690

The Jamestown Riverfront 1630-1690 (HMB8K)

Location: Williamsburg, VA 23185
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N 37° 12.42', W 76° 46.531'

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Jamestown provided the colonists with a deep-water port in a defensible location. Because shoreline settlements and camps allowed for easier transportation and a ready source of food, the colonists and Virginia Indians both lived on or near major waterways.

The James River continued to be an important feature of the town even after Jamestown expanded beyond the confines of its small, palisaded fort. Throughout the 17th century, the waterfront bustled with activity. Ships with imported goods for the colonists docked at the numerous wharves, where stevedores waited to roll hogsheads of tobacco onto the waiting vessels.

More than once, laws were passed that made Jamestown the colony's exclusive port of entry. These acts required all ships to load and unload at the colony's governmental seat.

That every ship arivinge in this colony from England, or any other parts, shall, with the first wind and weather, sayle upp to the porte of James Citty, and not to unlade any goods or breake any bulke before she shall cast anchor there, upon payne that the captayne and mayster of the sayd ship shall forfeite the sayd goods or the value thereof, and shall have and suffer one mounthes imprisonment.

A Grand Assembly Holden at James Citty, Act XX, The First of March 1631-2
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Placed ByColonial National Historic Park
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 5:29pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 342443 N 4119312
Decimal Degrees37.20700000, -76.77551667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 12.42', W 76° 46.531'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 12' 25.20" N, 76° 46' 31.86" W
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Area Code(s)757, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1365 Colonial National Historic Pkwy, Williamsburg VA 23185, US
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