Virginia Timeline History

Reenactment of the first landing (Captain Smith, foreground)

arrow Virginia Timeline History

arrow 1607: Jamestown established as the first permanent English settlement in America

arrow 1612: Tobacco is introduced, and would soon become a major export to England

arrow 1624: Virginia is declared a royal colony by King James I

arrow 1693: College of William and Mary is founded

arrow 1699: Capital moves to Williamsburg

arrow 1765: Patrick Henry and other, discontent over high taxes, push the Stamp Act Resolves

arrow 1776: Virginia declares itself independent

arrow 1780: Richmond becomes the capital

arrow 1781: Lord Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown, and the Revolutionary War ends

arrow 1788: Virginia becomes the 10th U.S. State

arrow 1789: George Washington becomes the first U.S. President, and begins a long succession of Virginians who would become President

arrow 1819: Thomas Jefferson founds the University of Virginia

arrow 1861: Virginia secedes from the Union, and Richmond becomes the capital of the Confederacy

arrow 1865: The Civil War ends when Robert E. Lee surrenders at the Appomatox Courthouse

arrow 1870: Virginia rejoins the Union

arrow 1940s: 185 ships built in the Newport News Shipyard for deployment in World War II

arrow 1959: Public school integration begins in Virginia

arrow 1964: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is completed

arrow 1989: L. Douglas Wilder becomes the first black governor of a U.S. State

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