Charles City (Virginia Company)

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Charles City (or Charles Cittie as it was then called) was one of four incorporations established in the Virginia Colony in 1619 by the proprietor, the Virginia Company.[1] The plantations and developments were divided into four "incorporations" or "citties" (sic), as they were called. These were Charles City, Elizabeth City, Henrico City, and James City.[1] The latter included the seat of government for the colony at Jamestown. Each of the four "citties [sic]" extended across the James River, the main conduit of transportation of the era. In 1634, under Royal authority, a portion became Charles City Shire,[2] later Charles City County.


  1. ^ a b Foley, Louise Pledge Heath (1978, 2002 reprint). Early Families Along the James River, p. vi. Genealogical Publishing Co.
  2. ^ Long, Charles M. (1908). Virginia County Names: Two Hundred and Seventy Years of Virginia History, p. 31. The Neale Publishing Company.