Social Studies - 2017-18

VS.4c - Relocation of Virginia’s Capital

The student will demonstrate knowledge of life in the Virginia colony by

c)  explaining the reasons for the relocation of Virginia’s capital from Jamestown to Williamsburg to Richmond.

Bloom's Level: Understand

Adopted: 2008

BIG IDEAS

Geographical factors can affect the location or relocation of settlements, towns, and cities.

Human and political factors can also affect the location or relocation of settlements, towns, and cities.

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

A variety of factors explain the reasons for moving Virginia’s capital.

England became Great Britain in the early 1700s.


What were some reasons why Virginia’s capital was moved from Jamestown to Williamsburg?

What were some reasons why Virginia’s capital was moved from Williamsburg to Richmond?

ESSENTIALS

Determine cause-and-effect relationships. (VS.1b)

Compare and contrast historical events. (VS.1c)

Make connections between past and present. (VS .1e)

Sequence events in Virginia history. (VS.1f)

Analyze and interpret maps to explain relationships among landforms, water features, climatic characteristics, and historical events. (VS.1i)

Reasons why the capital was moved from Jamestown to Williamsburg

  • ·  Drinking water was contaminated by seepage of salt water.
  • ·  Unhealthy living conditions caused diseases.
  • ·  Fire destroyed wooden and brick buildings at Jamestown.

Reasons why the capital was moved from Williamsburg to Richmond

  • ·  The population was moving westward.
  • ·  Richmond was a more central location.
  • ·  Moving to Richmond increased the distance from the sea and possible attack by the British.

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Updated: Mar 09, 2018