Jamestown just wants a little respect





Four centuries later, Jamestown is still looking for a little respect.

True, breathtaking reproductions of the tall-masted ships will set sail to mark its 400th birthday, and Virginia is hosting a multimillion-dollar bash next month with pageantry, celebrities and fireworks to honor the first permanent English colony in the New World.

Even Queen Elizabeth II is coming to the Old Dominion to acknowledge her countrymen's role in giving birth to a prosperous new nation.

In the American psyche, however, Plymouth Rock is where it all began...

"Jamestown has been forgotten," said James Horn, vice president of research for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and author of A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America.



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