"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
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Take a virtual tour of the Becoming a Homeplace gallery in The Story of Virginia.
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Clovis Point
An early hunter of the Clovis culture, c. 9000 B.C., flaked distinctive fluted grooves in this point. He then was able to create a knife or spear by inserting the point into the split end of a wooden shaft. (Courtesy of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources)
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Bone fishhook
Native Americans fished using a variety of techniques, including hooks and lines, nets, spears, and traps. This bone fishook, found at the Crab Orchard site in Tazewell County, dates from the contact period. (Courtesy of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources)
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Map of Virginia
Captain John Smith's map of Virginia was first published in 1612 and later appeared in his Generall Historie of Virginia in 1624. A number of European cartographers drew heavily from Smith's work to create their own maps, such as this 1644 version by Dutch map-maker Willem Blaeu. Jamestown and several capes are the only place names that appear in English. Large letters spelling Powhatan show the extent of his dominions. (VHS call number: Map F221 1644:1)
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French Playing Card
Playing card depicting a Virginia Indian, printed in Paris in 1644 as part of "games devised for the instruction of Louis XIV as a child." The text explains that Virginia is next to new France. (VHS accession number: 1985.127)
Virtual Tour of Becoming a Homeplace
Virtual tour of Becoming a Homeplace
Clovis Point
Clovis Point
Bone Fishhook
Bone fishhook
Map of Virginia
Map of Virginia
French Playing Card
French Playing Card