Algonquin Site and Capital City for Powhatan Considered as National Park

Algonquian political leader Powhatan called Werowocomoco home when the English arrived at Jamestown in 1607. If a proposal by the Obama Administration is successful, the site will open to the public, managed by the National Park Service.

The Associated Press reports that the Obama Administration is considering an archaeological site that once served as the center of a vast Algonquin empire as the newest addition to the National Park System.

Once called Werowocomoco, the location amounted to the capital of the empire of 15,000 to 20,000 Indians overseen by Powhatan when Capt. John Smith established Jamestown in 1607—the first permanent English settlement in North America.

Creating a legacy for the land in the National Park System will require Congress to approve $6 million recommended by President Obama to buy the 250-plus acres of the former Indian village, located in present-day in Gloucester. Fifty-eight acres of the land has already been preserved.

Full Story: Obama eyes sacred Va. Indian site as US park unit


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