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JAMESTOWN – Artifacts unearthed from the 1607 James Fort site at Historic Jamestowne will be displayed by the Museum in Docklands in London as part of the new "Journey to the New World" exhibit featuring Londoners who were involved with the establishment of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America.
The exhibit will be on display beginning November 23 until May 13, 2007. Artifacts provided by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities from their Historic Jamestowne collection include glass trade beads, copper pendants, iron tools, a Virginia Indian pot, arrowheads made of English flint, a military bill, a clay tobacco pipe, and other items.
This clay pipe stem from the Patawomeke Tribe, who lived on the Potomac River in Virginia, was unearthed at the James Fort site at Historic Jamestowne. It will be displayed in the Jamestown exhibit at the Museum of Docklands, opening November 23. Bly Straube, APVA senior curator, said the Patawomeke regularly traded with the colonists, and the pipe may have been a gift or a trade item. In 1613, the colonists took Pocahontas from the Patawomeke in exchange for a copper kettle and held her hostage in an effort to force a peaceful relationship with her father, Chief Powhatan.
"Journey to the New World" will tell the story of the Virginia Company of London through the lives of individuals who were closely involved with the venture. Objects from the Museum of London, other UK institutions and the APVA Preservation Virginia will be used to illustrate the human stories, English maritime expansion, early colonization attempts in the New World and the economic, political and religious threat of Spain.
The exhibit will also explore differences between the indigenous and English cultures and show how the early settlers attempted to adjust to the conditions of the American continent. Other topics include attempts at fundraising through lotteries, tobacco, the search for gold and silver, development of the American English language and shipments of women and children as indentured servants and brides-to-be.
Hazel Forsyth, curator of the exhibition, says, "The Museum in Docklands is uniquely placed to demonstrate the fundamental and intimate links between England and the New World. Our exhibition, a stone's throw from the original departure point in 1606, will show that Londoners played a crucial role in the founding of what was to become the United States of America."
For more information visit: www.historicjamestowne.org or http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/English/
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