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Walking further down the trail, the river began to reveal itself more and more. Sections of the trail exposed us to more water and sunlight while other parts took us into esconded woods where the sunlight made speckles through the trees. The sun was getting brighter and hotter overhead, so I appreciated the opportunity to rest under the trees. The walk reminded me of loud, boisterous conversation with friends as we would trek to find a spot to sit.
I learned after some research that the fall line of the James River used to mark a partition between Powhatan land and Monacan land. When colonizers like Christopher Newport learned of this, they weaponized the knowledge in an attempt to win the allegiance of the Powhatan people and strengthen resistance and resentment between the tribes. Even indigenous boundaries were subject to desecreation and violence by colonial settlers, as they made every attempt to create division between previously peaceful and unified nations.
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This point of interest is part of the tour: AMST 4500: Kamya's Final Project- Tour of Texas Beach