In August 1608, the first meeting between the Mannahoac Indian people of the Piedmont and the English colonists at Jamestown occurred at the falls of the Rappahannock River. Men from the upriver town of Hasinninga were hunting here at the eastern edge of their territory when they encountered John Smith and a party of Jamestown colonists. Following a brief skirmish, a Mannahoac man, Amoroleck, told Smith about the world beyond the falls, which included the Mannahoac, the Monacan, and the Massawomeck. Amoroleck explained that the Mannahoac resisted the English because they heard that the colonists were a people who came to "take their world from them."
Geographic Location: Fredericksburg
Physical Description of Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Located on Riverside Drive (Hwy 58), 0.25 miles west of the intersection of Riverside Drive (Hwy 58) and Jefferson Davis Hwy (Hwy 1). Marker is on the right when traveling west on Riverside Drive (Hwy 58).
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