Established in 1607, Jamestown is sometimes called America's oldest town, but that isn't correct. Jamestown is America's oldest permanent English settlement. Florida's Spanish Colonial St. Augustine began in 1565, making it the oldest continuing permanent European settlement.
Then there are earlier settlements and colonies throughout North America that did not continue or are not counted for a variety of reasons. And of course, no European settlement in the so-called New World can hold a candle to Indian settlements and communities like Jamestown's (now reconstructed) Powhatan Indian Village built long before the British set sail and Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, which dates back to 650 AD.
The Jamestown 400th Anniversary Festival will take place Friday, May 11 though Sunday, May 13, 2007.
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