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1660

Exploration in Virginia continued with the restoration of the Stuart monarchs in England

1669

La Salle is first European to visit area while navigating Ohio River, resulting in French claims in Ohio Valley

Other events that happened on or around 1669

1671

Abraham Wood dispatched Thomas Batts and Robert Fallam to explore the Appalachian Mountains

Other events that happened on or around 1671

1703

Louis Michel wrote of his plans to visit the western mountains from Pennsylvania

Other events that happened on or around 1703

1706

Michel examined lands around junction of Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, present Harpers Ferry

Other events that happened on or around 1706

1716

Gov. Alexander Spotswood crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains by way of Swift Run Gap, claiming the Shenandoah Valley for England and awarding golden horseshoes to his companions

Other events that happened on or around 1716

1912

Clarence W. Alvord and Lee Bidgood concluded that the Batts and Fallam group only traveled to Peters Falls

Other events that happened on or around 1912

1987

Alan Briceland claimed Batts and Fallam turned southwestward from New River to East River Mountain and continued to Mingo County

Other events that happened on or around 1987


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