August 24, 2011

Marker at Buzzard's Point in Reedville

I had read about this marker recently on Marker History and when we went to the ferry landing near Reedville, there it was!

Indian Prisoners Abandoned on Tangier Island refers to an incident in 1645, when Governor Berkeley waged battles against native tribes. In order to stop the escalating Indian attacks on European settlers, the Virginia Council decided to transport all the Indian male prisoners more than 11 years of age to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay “to prevent their returning to and strengthening their respective tribes.” They were left there and their fate is unknown.

Think that sounds harsh? Not compared to the story on another marker: Indians Poisoned at Peace Meeting.

For more about the Indians, see: Powhatan's People

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