Anglo-Native Interaction in Virginia’s Potomac River Valley

Author(s): D. Brad Hatch

Year: 2018


Trade played a crucial role in the relationships that formed between European colonists and Native Americans during the early colonial period. In the 17th-century Potomac River Valley the interactions between Natives and Europeans laid the foundations for the emergence of a truly creolized society. This paper examines the influence of Native Americans on the early settlement of Virginia's Potomac Valley from 1647-1666 using the Hallowes site (44WM6) as an example. Analyses of the faunal remains, artifacts, and a rich historical context are used to indicate trading relationships that existed among the European residents of the site and local Native Americans. These intercultural interactions, facilitated through trade, had far-reaching social, demographic, and economic consequences for both Native Americans in the region and European colonizers that reverberated throughout the remainder of the 17th century.

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Anglo-Native Interaction in Virginia’s Potomac River Valley. D. Brad Hatch. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, Louisiana. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441334)

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Temporal Keywords
17th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 252