In May 1623, Capt. William Tucker led English soldiers from Jamestown to meet with Indian leaders here in Pamunkey territory. The Indians were returning English prisoners taken in March 1622 during war leader Opechancanough’s orchestrated attacks on encroaching English settlements along the James River. At the meeting, the English called for a toast to seal the agreement, gave the Indians poisoned wine, and then fired upon them, injuring as many as 150, including Opechancanough and the chief of the Kiskiack. The English had hoped to assassinate Opechancanough, who was erroneously reported as having been slain; they succeeded in 1646.
Year On Marker: 2008
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: King William County
Physical Description of Location: West Point, VA 23181. Located on 14th Street (Rt. 33), 0.25 miles east of the junction of 14th Street (Rt. 33) and King William Road (Rt. 30). Marker is on the right when traveling east on 14th Street (Rt. 33).
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