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It is the mission of Colonial National Historical Park to preserve the cultural, scenic and natural resources of Jamestown, Yorktown, Green Spring, Cape Henry and related areas, to interpret the colonial era from 1607 to 1781, and to maintain the Colonial Parkway and its surrounding resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the people. This mission statement grows from the park's legislative mandate found in Public Law 510, enacted by Congress on July 3, 1930 and supplemented by Public Law 666, enacted on June 5, 1936.
Witness America’s Beginnings, from an English colony in 1607 to an independent nation in 1781.
On May 13, 1607, Jamestown was established as the first permanent English settlement in North America. Three cultures came together - European, Virginia Indian and African-to create a new society that would eventually seek independence from Great Britain. On October 19, 1781, American and French troops defeated the British at Yorktown in the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.
Colonial National Historical Park makes it possible for the sites of these events to be preserved and protected for Americans today and in the future.
- Elizabeth Bauer
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