Cockacoeske became the Queen of the Pamunkey after her husband Totopotomoy’s death in 1656 fighting as an ally of the English at what became known as the Battle of Bloody Run. She signed the Treaty of Middle Plantation in 1677 in the wake of settler attacks upon friendly Indian tribes during Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676. The treaty with the English subtly placed Cockacoeske as leader over certain tribes, defined the Indian tribes as tributaries to the English, and ushered in peaceful relations between the colonists and Indians of the Virginia coastal plain. She reigned until her death about 1686.
Year On Marker: 2005
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: King William County
Physical Description of Location: King William, VA 23086. Located on King William Road (Rt. 30), 2 miles east of the junction of King William Road (Rt. 30) and State Route 629. Marker is on the left when traveling east on King William Road (Rt. 30).
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