Relocating to Richmond, VA

The Powhatan tribe had lived in the region before 1607 . For centuries, the tribe recognized the value of this site, rich in natural beauty, and had one of their capitals here, also known as Powhatan. They knew it as a place to fish, hunt , play, and trade , and they also called it Shocquohocan, or Shockoe.

In 1606, James I granted a royal charter to the Virginia Company of London to settle colonists in North America After the first permanent English-speaking settlement was established in April 1607, at Jamestown, Captain Christopher Newport led explorers northwest up the James River, and on May 24, 1607, erected a cross on one of the small islands in the middle of the part of the river

that runs through today’s downtown area.

The first English settlement within the present limits of the city was made in 1609

 

by Francis West at the falls, in the district known as Rockett’s and was known as “West Fort”. Captain John Smith then bought the fortified Powhatan village on the north bank of the river from chief Parahunt, about 3 miles (4.8 km) from the fort. He named this tract Nonesuch, but the English garrison soon abandoned the entire area after attacks by the Powhatans.Lord de la Warre made a second attempt to buils a fort at the falls in 1610 , which managed to last all winter, but was then likewise abandoned.

In 1645, Fort Charles was erected at the falls of the James  – the highest navigable point of the James River – as a frontier defense. New settlers moved in, and the community grew into a bustling trading post forhides, fur , and tobacco. Col. David Crawford, a Virginia Burgess, owned much of the land in the mid-1600s that would become Richmond.

In 1673, William Byrd I was granted lands on the James River that included the area around Falls that would become Richmond and already included small settlements . Byrd was a well-connected Indian trader in the area and established a fort on the site. William Byrd II inherited his father’s land in 1704 , and in 1737 founded the town of Richmond at the Falls of the James and commissioned Major William Mayo to lay out the original town grid. Mayo divided the town into four-lot thirty-two squares, and immediately outside of town limits there were larger plots of land which were to be sold as the future sites for suburban villas. Byrd named the city Richmond after the English town of Richmond near (and now part of) London, because the view of the James River was strikingly similar to the view of the River Thames from Richmond Hill in England, where he had spent time during his youth. The settlement was laid out in April 1737, and was incorporated as a town in 1742.

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