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  • 1534: Iroquoian-speakers first encountered European explorers in West Virginia

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  • 1606: King James I granted to the Virginia Company of London a vast expanse of land

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  • 1607: The first English settlers arrived in Jamestown

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  • 1609: Colonial charter left western lands between Alleghenies and Mississippi River to Virginia

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  • 1615: Abraham Wood was born

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  • 1622: Clashes between English settlers and Indians erupted into bloody wars

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  • 1644: Abraham Wood became a member of the General Assembly

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  • 1649: Fairfax lands originated in grant by King Charles II

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  • 1650: Fort Ancient villages disappeared

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  • 1654: Abraham Wood supposedly discovered the New River

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  • 1660: Exploration in Virginia continued with the restoration of the Stuart monarchs in England

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  • 1662: The justice of the peace courts were established by Virginia

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  • 1669:

    • La Salle is first European to visit area while navigating Ohio River, resulting in French claims in Ohio Valley
    • Surge of frontier exploration began
    • The Shenandoah Valley was explored by John Lederer

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  • 1670:

    • John Lederer credited as first white person to visit the Eastern Panhandle
    • John Lederer made three expeditions into the Appalachians

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  • September 01, 1671: Thomas Batts, Thomas Wood, and Robert Fallam set out from Petersburg to explore beyond the mountains

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