Jamestown Burns – Today In Southern History

7 January 1608 

On this date in 1608…

Fire destroyed almost all of Jamestown, Virginia. The destruction was a serious blow to the morale of the settlers and almost doomed the colony. 

Other Years:

  • 1806 – Black Fox, the Principal Chief of the Cherokee, signed a treaty that would cede almost 7,000 square miles, in Tennessee and Alabama including the Great Island of the Holston River. Most Cherokee repudiate the treaty. 
  • 1861 – The Alabama Secession Convention convened in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 1861 – The Mississippi Secession Convention convened in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • 1861 – Florida state troops seized Fort Marion at St. Augustine.
  • 1868 – Arkansas’ reconstruction constitutional convention met in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • 1868 – Mississippi’s reconstruction constitutional convention met in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • 1892 – A Mine explosion killed 100 people in Krebs, Oklahoma. Blacks trying to help rescue white survivors were driven away by armed mine security.

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