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On May 17, 1607 an expedition of English explorers landed on the shores of Virginia after a charter was granted to the “Virginia Company” by King James the First.  In keeping with the principals established under Queen Elizabeth the First, the English immediately “claimed” the land and set about renaming everything in sight, much to the considerable annoyance of the local Algonquin native Americans, who duly commenced a sporadic form of guerilla warfare with the adventurous English settlers.

“Ye large rivere”,  used by the English because it had such a deep and steep draught which allowed their ship to be moored close to shore, so close they could tie mooring lines to trees, provided an ideal and secluded base.  Seclusion was necessary as the rival Spaniards sought to exercise control over the entire New World despite the best efforts of the competing French and British.  If discovered, the embryonic settlement, named Jamestown on the James River, both named after the English king, would be assaulted and destroyed. (more…)

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Richmond, VA Photograph of Kanawha Plaza, uploaded originally by digirebelva

The Plaza is off of Canal Street next to the Federal Reserve Building and features the pictured cascading fountain along with a concert stage and lawn for their Friday at Sunset events.

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Richmond, VA Photograph of Battle with a Paddle, uploaded originally by Marlene Frazier (DMVphotos)

The James River is a must for any who love water activities. The River itself has many rocks for playing or lounging and there are companies that offer canoeing, kayaking, and rafting down the rapids that range from class I – IV.

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Belle Isle by frankeys creation.

Belle Isle is located on the James River and was used as a Civil War Prison to hold the total population of 10,000 Union soldiers by 1863.

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Monuments to the Past by lawrence_thefourth.

Remains of a bridge that once crossed the James River near Brown’s Island. Sights such as these aren’t uncommon when you visit the older parts of the city.

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Richmond, VA Photograph of Richmond, uploaded originally by doxadigital

The Richmond skyline as seen from the Floodwall of the James. If we didn’t know better, it would look like a seaside city.

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When the leaves fall in Richmond, they fall all the way home.

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