Plymouth? Jamestown? Where was America born? Jury decides (or not)

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Is Plymouth really America's hometown? There are some in Jamestown, Va., who think their town is the true birthplace of America, in large part because it was founded first. "Get out from under the rock" was one motto of Jamestown's recent 400th anniversary celebration.

Plymouth backers acknowledge that Jamestown was indeed founded 13 years earlier, but say the colony begun by the Pilgrims in 1620 proved more important to the founding of the American nation.

To settle the argument, a mock trial - conceived as half educational and half fun - was held last weekend at Marshfield's Winslow House, with experts on both sides addressing the question.

The symposium ended in an official draw after members of the largely local "jury" decided not to vote on a verdict.

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