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Friday, February 04, 2005

A Founding Father Found?

Dr. William Kelso of the University of Virginia, in conjunction with the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) has recently excavated the remains of a 17th century sea captain, believed to be Captain Gosnold, a "founding father" of the Jamestown colony, the first permanent English settlement of colonial America. To verify the claim, scientists are attempting to acquire DNA bone samples from Gosnold's sister and niece, whose remains are buried in the UK. The project is funded by the National Geographic Society and, if they are successful, the effort and results will be shown in a documentary slated for November.

Gosnold was one of the most influential leaders of the Jamestown colony, which established the English language, rule of law and representative government as foundations for what would eventually become the United States.

See my previous posting about the Jamestown Rediscovery Project.


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