Published on September 15, 2014
STANDARD VS.2 C VA R IVERS Locate and identify water features important to the early history of Virginia (Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, James River, York River, Potomac River, Rappahannock River and Lake Drummond and the Dismal Swamp). Which water features were important to the early history of Virginia? Water features were important to the early history of Virginia. Many early Virginia cities developed along the Fall Line , the natural border between the Coastal Plain (Tidewater) and Piedmont regions where the land rises sharply and where the waterfalls prevent further travel on the river. The four major rivers that flow into the Chesapeake Bay are separated by peninsulas . The Chesapeake Bay separates the Eastern Shore from the mainland of Virginia. How did water features influence the development of Virginia? How did the flow of rivers affect the settlement of Virginia? Water features Atlantic Ocean Provided transportation links between Virginia and other places (e.g., Europe, Africa, Caribbean) Chesapeake Bay Provided a safe harbor Was a source of food and transportation James River Flows into the Chesapeake Bay Richmond and Jamestown located along the James River York River Flows into the Chesapeake Bay Yorktown located along the York River Potomac River Flows into the Chesapeake Bay Alexandria located along the Potomac River Rappahannock River Flows into the Chesapeake Bay Fredericksburg located on the Rappahannock River Each river was a source of food and provided a pathway for exploration and settlement of Virginia. Lake Drummond Located in the Coastal Plain (Tidewater) region Shallow natural lake surrounded by the Dismal Swamp Dismal Swamp Located in the Coastal Plain (Tidewater) region – Variety of wildlife George Washington explored and surveyed the Dismal Swamp. Where is the Eastern Shore located? What is a peninsula ? Peninsula: A piece of land bordered by water on three sides. The Eastern Shore is a peninsula bordered by the Chesapeake Bay to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.