Coastal Plain

Updated 1/12/10

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In Podcast #28 we take you to the second English settlement in America, Henricus.  It was established by Sir Thomas Dale in 1611 on a bluff overlooking the James River.  Find out why the settlers thought this place was so much better than Jamestown; explore the places where Pocahontas and John Rolfe lived together; compare a Powhatan home with an English home; learn about the very first hospital in America, Mount Maldady; discover how the Dutch Gap Canal made Henricus the site of an important shortcut up the James River! Come on, let's go trekkin'!

Henricus was named after Prince Henry, King James I’s oldest son. Prince Henry was the one who assigned Sir Thomas Dale to the Jamestown colony. Eventually the area around the town became Henrico County (1634), which is the county where the Trekkers live and teach!  Over the years the county has changed in size, but it all began with Henricus in 1611.    Another place in Virginia named after the prince is Cape Henry, where the Jamestown settlers first landed.  The Trekkers filmed part of Podcast #25 at Cape Henry if you like to learn more about that.  Unfortunately, Prince Henry died when he was only 18 of typhoid fever. 

SOL Correlation:

VS.2 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the geography and early inhabitants of Virginia by

c) locating and identifying water features important to the early history of Virginia (Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, James River, York River, Potomac River, and Rappanhannock River);

d) locating three American Indian (First American) language groups (the Algonquian, the Siouan, and the Iroquoian) on a map of Virginia;


VS.3 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by

a) explaining the reasons for English colonization;

c) identifying the importance of the charters of the Virginia Company of London in establishing the Jamestown settlement;

f) describing the hardships faced by settlers at Jamestown and the changes that took place to ensure survival;

g) describing the interactions between the English settlers and the Powhatan people, including the contributions of the Powhatans to the survival of the settlers.