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Discovery Room 3: Conflict and Settlement

Discovery Room 3



Imagine making a 60-yard dash -- for ammunition! Legend tells us sixteen-year-old Betty Zane did just that when soldiers at Fort Henry needed ammunition stored at a cabin outside the fort. Conflicts were frequent in the days of settlement among Native Americans, early settlers, the British and the French as they each claimed the land. Eventually, European immigrants settled here, bringing their customs and industries. Even Daniel Boone settled for a time in the Kanawha Valley.

Early settlers in the region that became West Virginia faced continuous conflict, struggle and violence. The French and Indian War, the Battle of Point Pleasant and the Revolutionary War, all changed settlements and communities of the Mountain State. Even so, towns and counties were mapped out. Immigrants settled with their religious and cultural traditions. The salt industry grew. Slavery played a role in this era as well.

Discovery Room 3

Video courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki; Narrator: Beth Vorhees

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Discovery Room 1
1: An Ancient Land
Discovery Room 2
2: Prehistoric People
Discovery Room 3
3: Conflict and Settlement
Discovery Room 4
4: Frontier Life
Discovery Room 5
5: John Brown's Raid
Discovery Room 6
6: The War within a State
Discovery Room 7
7: The Case for Statehood
Discovery Room 8
8: The Big City
Discovery Room 9
9: The Family Farm
Discovery Room 10
10: The Company Store
Discovery Room 11
11: Changing Roles of Women
Discovery Room 12
12: Trains and Railroads
Discovery Room 13
13: Boats and Rivers
Discovery Room 14
14: Industrialization
Discovery Room 15
15: The Mining Life
Discovery Room 16
16: The State Capitol
Discovery Room 17
17: It's Not all Work
Discovery Room 18
18: The Great Depression
Discovery Room 19
19: The Mine Wars
Discovery Room 20
20: West Virginians at War
Discovery Room 21
21: Late 20th Century
Discovery Room 22
22: Celebrating West Virginia
Discovery Room 23
23: From Here to There
Discovery Room 24
24: Painting and Sculpture
Discovery Room 25
25: A Legacy of Craftsmanship
Discovery Room 26
26: Traditions of Music