Isle of Wight County,
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The first Europeans to the area that became Isle of Wight County were in 1608, when John Smith crossed the James River and obtained fourteen bushels of corn from a tribe of the Powhatan Confederacy. These tribes were driven from the area in 1622 and 1627 in retaliation of the Great Massacre in 1622. In 1634, the area was named Warrosquyoake, an anglicized name for one of the tribes, and became one of the original eight shires of the Virginia Colony. In 1637, the shire was renamed Isle of Wight, after the English community of the same name.
Isle of Wight County, originally named Warrosquyoake, was one of the original eight shires of Virginia. It is surrounded by Southampton County, Virginia; Franklin City, Virgina; Surry County, Virginia; Suffolk City (formerly Nansemond County), Virginia; and Newport News City, Virginia.
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