When Naval History began publishing biannual historical travel packages last year, we knew it was only a matter of time before we'd feature eastern Virginia's tidewater area, a longtime center of Navy power. Goings-on there this spring prompted us to feature it sooner rather than later.
Four hundred years ago this May, three ships ventured into the tidewater, up what became known as the James River, and their passengers established Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World. In "Four Centuries Ago . . . ," Joseph Gutierrez Jr. of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation explains the political and naval developments that made possible the settlers' voyage.
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By Richard G. Latture, Editor-in-Chief