Gateway to Discovery

Colonial Navigation Chart

This Web Project is based upon the City Dock "Gateway to the Chesapeake" exhibit, originally funded by the National Park Service.

Look around the harbor. Imagine what the first colonists saw more than 350 years ago when they first viewed this peninsula: a pristine, abundant natural site with deep, protected harbors that had experienced little human settlement.

“...heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation. ... here are mountaines, hills, plaines, valleyes, rivers and brookes, all running most pleasantly into a faire Bay compassed but for the mouth with fruitfull and delightsome land.”

Captain John Smith, 1612