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Portsmouth has evolved into the waterfront city that it is today. The busy harbor handles the largest volume of freight on the East Coast. Founded as a town in 1752, on 65 acres of land on the shore of the Elizabeth River. The 65 acres were part of “Colonel Crawford’s” extensive plantation and were constituted as a town by an enabling act of the General Assembly of Virginia. The town was named after the English naval port of that name, and many of the streets of the new town reflected the English heritage.

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