My Virtual Walk Across the U. S. has me in Jamestown VA today
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
You probably all remember from your history lessons that Jamestown was the first English colony in the new world (the first that survived, anyway) but did you know that Virginia was subsequently divided into shires? SHIRES! Now, I have to go there for sure.
Anyway, Jamestown was established in 1607 and the good people there thought they'd take up silk cultivation with the court of King James being their market but sadly, a fungus among us destroyed their mulberry trees (which is what silk worms eat) and so instead they the grew tobacco. Too bad a fungus didn't also kill off that venture, eh?
The people were mostly aristocratic and even their servants weren't used to roughing it and they all had some tough times, what with the malaria, lack of food and actual work to be done. The population fluctuated, mostly downwards. They took from the Indians in the area and war broke out but was settled by the Pocahontas hostage thing. They suffered through "the starving time" and 80% of them died but then a magical ship from London arrived with supplies and more people. Deliverance! (and that's what they renamed the ship)
Today, those wacky Jamestownians have a park made of trash. Seems the ground that was there wasn't good enough (maybe from all that tobaccy growning?) so they compacted layers of "solid waste" and clean dirt and made a 165 acre park complete with Mount Trashmore.
I know you doubt, so here's the pic.
For those of you wondering why I am doing this virtual walk/run/bike thing, see my previous blog. And if any more of you sign up, send me your ID number so we can track each other's progress. I am 69101 and the web site (which is pretty bad) is exercise.lbl.gov/index.h tml