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In 1716, by order from Lord Fairfax, Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood led an expedition over the Blue Ridge Mountains into the Shenandoah Valley. Spotswood traveled with a group of gentlemen, servants, American Indians, and rangers over the Blue…

In 1716, by order from Lord Fairfax, Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood led an expedition over the Blue Ridge Mountains into the Shenandoah Valley. Spotswood traveled with a group of gentlemen, servants, American Indians, and rangers over the Blue…

Alexander Spotswood served as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1710-1722. During his tenure as governor, Spotswood hoped to improve security, Virginia's economy, and relations with American Indians. Spotswood passed many acts, including the…

In the 1700s, the governor of Virginia had the power to provide land grants as he pleased. The governor at the time, Alexander Spotswood, was known for granting land to fellow Englishmen. In return these Englishmen were expected to persuade more…

This Document Bank of Virginia resource has two entries; click the titles below to read more.Prejudice Behind the BeautyThis Document Bank of Virginia entry has been contributed by University of Richmond student Meghann Lewis (LAIS 309- Spanish…

The Map of Spain and Portugal                 When you look at the map of Spain and Portugal for the first time, you can see the effort that the cartographer put into each aspect. The map contains many details that the cartographer drew…

The Atrocities Committed by the Spanish Crown Against the Indigenous AmericansBartolomé de Las Casas, a defender of indigenous people’s rights, wrote a book about the atrocities committed against a group of indigenous people in the West Indies.…

The Catalogs of the Spanish CrownThe Catalogs of the Spanish Crown are kept in the royal library and exhibit ancient Mexican art as well as the Náhuatl language. The works of Doctor Gemelli Careri and his studies are included in these catalogs.…

A Controversial Map in the New World             Herman Moll was born in Holland in 1654 but lived in England for the rest of his life until he died in 1732. He moved to London in 1678 and opened his own map shop in 1689. He spent most of his…

The Content and Implications of the Pan-American Trip to Virginia                    This photograph is from a Pan-American trip to Virginia that occurred in 1925. The Richmond Times-Dispatch originally published it on the first page as…
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