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Va. marks preservation of sacred Indian site

Friday - 6/21/2013, 5:40pm  ET

GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) -- The preservation of 58 acres along the York River where the lives of Powhatan, his daughter Pocahontas and English Capt. John Smith intersected is being celebrated.

Gov. Bob McDonnell, Indian leaders and other dignitaries are among those at a ceremonial dedication Friday in Gloucester (GLAWS'-tur).

While only a fraction of the land has been examined by archaeologists, they and Indian leaders believe this was Powhatan's seat of power over an empire that included 15,000 to 20,000 Indians at the time Smith and his fellow settlers created the first permanent English settlement in North America in 1607.

Powhatan's village was called Werowocomoco (Wehr-oh-woh-KAHM-uh-koh).

The site is also believed to be where Pocahontas appealed to her father to spare the life of Smith. Some doubt that story.

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