Early English Exploration

Early English Exploration (HMN5)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 13.988', W 77° 24.289'

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In 1650 Fort Henry, now Petersburg, marked the western and southern extent of English settlement in, and knowledge of, Virginia. On 27 Aug. 1650, Edward Bland, merchant and land speculator, and Abraham Wood, frontier militia commander, left Fort Henry on the first documented English exploration of Southside Virginia. Pyancha, an Appamattuck guide, led Bland, Wood, and four others through the territory of the Nottoway, Meherrin, and Hocomawanck Indians for nine days. They probably reached the falls of the Roanoke River near Weldon, N.C., before returning to Fort Henry. This was the first of a series of explorations that departed from Fort Henry under Abraham Wood's auspices.
HM NumberHMN5
Marker NumberS 76
Year Placed2003
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 2:20pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286666 N 4123444
Decimal Degrees37.23313333, -77.40481667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.988', W 77° 24.289'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 59.28" N, 77° 24' 17.34" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-499 VA-36, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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