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Camino de Jamestown

Anthony Rocco

Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Ignaciano, Aragones, Arle, Tolosana, Salvador, Primitivo, Madrid, Olvidado/Invierno (2020)
Recent archeological works have led to a complete rewriting of the history of the first permanent English settlement in our country. Among other things, historians were stunned to find that some of the settlers were Catholics, with Catholic artifacts including items from the Camino de Santiago that must be at least 400 years old, and likely much older. One is made of jet and easily traceable back to Galicia. We visited Jamestown and saw the Catholic artifacts. Unlike the historians, we were not surprised. All these people were indentured, escaping England for a variety of reasons. One can imagine at the start of the 17th century that many Catholics would say it's time to go.

So...as true pilgrims, we decided to walk. Lo and behold, there is the magnificent Virginia Capital Trail that walks in one of the most beautiful and historically rich places in the United States. It is said that there are more historical markers along this 53 mile trail than anywhere else in America, and we believe it. In addition, along the way are the sites of the very first Thanksgiving (sorry, Plymouth...this is proven), the place where Taps was first played as troops from the north and the south camped across from each other along the James River, and a number of the earliest plantations in America. The scenic James River is your neighbor.

This trail starts from the Capitol Building in Richmond. If one is driving, there are plenty of places to park at trailheads. Accommodations and restaurants are wonderful, in all price ranges. And it's ideal for camping, as we did. Just as Santiago recognized Ireland and England, now it's time for the U.S. to get credit for a walk followed by the Ingles to make the 100km requirement Buen Camino!

The Kolbist

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past: Frances, inland Portuguese, Fatima
future: Del Norte, coastal Porugues, Englis
cool... but is it not the first Catholic settlers of North America is in St. Augustine, FL? :)


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in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
St. Augustine (c.1565) is the oldest CONTINUOUSLY inhabited settlement
which doesn't make it "earliest"


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in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
Well... to be perfectly honest - i have seen too many 'proclamations' (if you will) about who's first and what'this, etc.
at one point it was Plymouth, then Jamestown; heck - might as well be St.Augustine

to take another look seems the pecking order is
St Augustine - 1585
Jamestown - 1607
Santa Fe - 1607

I believe the distinction that is being given to Jamestown is "oldest ENGLISH" settlement

thanks for pointing this out

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