The backcountry frontier of
colonial Virginia reached westward from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the farthest extent of
Virginia settlement in the eighteenth century. By royal charter, the extreme western
boundaries of Virginia at this time extended to the Pacific Ocean, but the terms
"backcountry" or "back settlements" specifically refer to new settlements in the
Mountains—most notably in the Shenandoah Valley—that began taking shape. . .
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