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Indian Prisoners Abandoned on Tangier Island Marker, JT-91

Following paramount chief Opechancanough’s 1644 organized attacks against the English colonists for encroaching on Indian lands, Governor William Berkeley led further military strikes against the Virginia Indians in July 1645, taking many prisoners. On August 9, 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.” Berkeley's own ship transported the prisoners to Tangier, where they were abandoned. Their fate is unknown.

Marker Information:
Date Approved by DHR: 06/18/09
Year On Marker: 2010
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Region: Northern Neck-Middle Peninsula and Eastern Shore Region
Geographic Location: Northumberland County
Physical Description of Location: Buzzards Point Road (State Route 656) near Reedville, at the Tangier Island passenger ferry terminus, VA 22539. Marker is near dock where ferry passengers board.
GPS Location: 37.842347030787465,-76.28743171691895
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