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Virginia Peninsula

The Virginia Peninsula is a peninsula in southeast Virginia, bounded by the York River, James River, Hampton Roads, and Chesapeake Bay. It is generally accepted to encompass James City County, York County, and the independent cities of Williamsburg, Poquoson, Hampton, and Newport News.

This peninsula is rich in colonial American history. The first permanent English settlement in North America was established in 1607 at Jamestown. Virginia's first capital was in Williamsburg; much of the historic district of that city has been restored. Also, the decisive battle of the American Revolution, the Battle of Yorktown in 1781, took place on the Virginia Peninsula.

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