Social Studies - 2018-19

VS.4c - Relocation of Virginia's Capital

The student will demonstrate an understanding of life in the Virginia colony by

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


Adopted: 2015

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.

ESSENTIALS

Reasons why the capital was moved from Jamestown to Williamsburg

  • Drinking water in Jamestown was contaminated by seepage of salt water.
  • Unhealthy living conditions in Jamestown caused diseases.
  • Fire destroyed wooden and brick buildings at Jamestown.
  • Williamsburg was an established town.


KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 18, 2018