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Magna Carta on display in America
Magna Carta
The Magna Carta influenced officials drawing up the US constitution
A copy of the historic Magna Carta has arrived in the US where it is on a tour to help celebrate the founding of the first English settlement there.

It is on display at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia.

The exhibition commemorates the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia.

There are four remaining copies of the 792-year-old document signed by King John - including this one from Lincoln.

English explorers who founded Jamestown in May 1607 first stopped on Virginia's coast in what is now Virginia Beach.

The Magna Carta set standards for democracy and later influenced officials drawing up the US constitution.

It detailed the rights of the sovereign and developed into an iconic symbol of freedom.

The exhibition runs until 18 June.

It is the first time for 20 years that Lincoln's copy of the Magna Carta has travelled abroad.

A trip to Australia cost the Cathedral more than 50,000 and led to bitter infighting among senior clergy.

Officials said financial plan has been put in place to ensure the current trip would be a success.

The document last visited the US in 1987.


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