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Native Americans visit the past
Signing of a deal between Kent and Virginia
A Kent-Virginia deal marking the anniversary was signed in June
Two native American chiefs with 400-year-old links to Gravesend, Kent, are visiting the town on Monday.

Chief Stephen Adkins, of the Chickahominy tribe, and Chief Kenneth Adams, of the Upper Mattaponi tribe, are from the US state of Virginia.

Their visit is part of celebrations, in 2007, marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown colony.

Ships which sailed there in 1607 carried crew members from Gravesend who then settled in Virginia.

The Chickahominy tribe had early contact with the English settlers and helped them to survive their first winters by trading food and supplies.

The Native American Indian princess Pocahontas, who was born in Virginia, is buried in Gravesend.

The two chiefs have been joined by the executive director of the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission.

They were all visiting the Town Pier, West Street, where the ship Godspeed set sail for America in December 1606.

The historical links between Gravesend and Virginia have also been marked with the signing of a trade and tourism partnership.


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