A trading scene is depicted in a 17th-century engraving by Theodor de Bry. Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection.

"Bartering for a Continent: How Anglo-Indian Trade Shaped America" Special Exhibition

Jamestown Settlement
2110 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States 2110 Jamestown Road Williamsburg 23185


  • Adults: $17.00
  • Combination ticket with Yorktown Victory Center: $21.25 adults, $10.75 youth
  • Youth (ages 6-12): $8.00
  • Youth (under 6): $Free

Discover the importance of trade between American Indians and English colonists, from the founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution, and the role of Virginia in the development of a new world of exchange in goods and commodities in North America.

The six-month exhibition, which runs June 4 through December 10, features artifacts from private and public collections, including  a series of 17th- and 18th-century firearms typical of those used in the fur trade during 1650-1800, peace medals used in diplomatic relations, and English trade beads, tools and household items used to buy animal pelts.

Join in the Trading Adventure - Visitors can load a canoe with trade goods, then climb in and imagine paddling up a river,  learn words of the Powhatan language, compare types of traded goods and their value, and make and take home an impression of a peace medal. Afterward, visitors can test their bartering skills outdoors in the re-created Powhatan Indian village and English fort.