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THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY

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April 26, 1907

Thomas, W. F., <em>Illustrated Sightseeing Guide To Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, and Jamestown Exposition</em>, Norfolk, 1907, F234.N8 T36 1907, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

The Jamestown TerCentennial Exposition Opened

On April 26, 1607, colonists aboard the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery reached the Virginia coast at Cape Henry after an eighteen-week voyage. On May 14, the 104 men and boys stepped ashore on the peninsula that they named Jamestown in honor of King James I (1566–1625). Three hundred years later Virginians and others celebrated the founding of Jamestown with a federally funded national exposition in Norfolk displaying the industrial and naval power of the United States.