York River

the York River begins at the confluence of the Pamunkey (shown in red) and Mataponi rivers
the York River begins at the confluence of the Pamunkey (shown in red) and Mataponi rivers
Source: US Geological Survey (USGS), Streamer

the Mataponi River (shown in red) flows primarily in the Coastal Plain
the Mataponi River (shown in red) flows primarily in the Coastal Plain
Source: US Geological Survey (USGS), Streamer

Byrd Mill Dam on South Anna River (Louisa County)
Byrd Mill Dam on South Anna River (Louisa County)

South Anna, downstream of Byrd Mill, carves its channel across the Potomac Terrane, Ellisville Pluton, and Choppawamsic Terrane (Louisa County)
South Anna, downstream of Byrd Mill, carves its channel across the Potomac Terrane, Ellisville Pluton, and Choppawamsic Terrane (Louisa County)

South Anna River at Yanceyville Mill, near epicenter of 2011 earthquake (Louisa County)
South Anna River at Yanceyville Mill, near epicenter of 2011 earthquake (Louisa County)

Yanceyville Mill was occupied by Union forces in the Civil War (Louisa County)
Yanceyville Mill was occupied by Union forces in the Civil War

confluence of Pamunkey and Mataponi rivers, forming the headwaters of the York River at West Point (as depicted in French army map from the 1781 Yorktown Campaign)
confluence of Pamunkey and Mataponi rivers, forming the headwaters of the York River at West Point (as depicted in French army map from the 1781 Yorktown Campaign
Source: Library of Congress, Carte detaillée de West Point sur la rivière d'York au confluent des Rivières de Pamunkey et Matapony

York River watershed, together with other small coastal basins
York River watershed (together with other small coastal basins)
Source: York River and Small Coastal Basins Roundtable

in colonial times, the Pamunkey River was navigable to Hanovertown (Pages Warehouse), but siltation of river channel triggered establishment of Newcastle in 1758
in colonial times, the Pamunkey River was navigable to Hanovertown ("Pages" Warehouse), but siltation of river channel triggered establishment of Newcastle in 17581
Source: Library of Congress, A map of the most inhabited part of Virginia produced by Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson in 1751

the two tributaries that form the York River at their confluence are the Pamunkey and Mataponi rivers
the two tributaries that form the York River at their confluence are the Pamunkey and Mataponi rivers
Source: Wikipedia, List of rivers of Virginia

References

1. Malcolm H. Harris, "The Port Towns of the Pamunkey," The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Oct., 1943), pp. 511-512, http://www.jstor.org/pss/1923198 (last checked August 9, 2011)

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tributaries at the headwaters of the Mataponi River are named, individually, the Mat, Ta, Po, and Ny rivers
tributaries at the headwaters of the Mataponi River are named, individually, the Mat, Ta, Po, and Ny rivers
Source: Library of Congress, A map of the state of Virginia, constructed in conformity to law from the late surveys authorized by the legislature and other original and authentic documents (1859)


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