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Clockwise from top: Downtown Norfolk skyline as viewed from across the Elizabeth River, USS Wisconsin battleship museum, Ocean View Pier, The Tide light rail, ships at Naval Station Norfolk, historic homes in Ghent making it the second-most populous city in Virginia after neighboring Virginia Beach.
Norfolk is located at the core of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, named for the large natural harbor of the same name located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay.
Virginia made some attempts to phase out slavery, and manumissions had increased in the first two decades after the war.
Thomas Jefferson Randolph gained passage of an 1832 resolution for gradual abolition in the state, but by that time, increased demand from development in the Deep South created a large internal market for slavery.
The patriots destroyed the remaining buildings for strategic reasons in February.
Following recovery from the Revolutionary War's burning, Norfolk and her citizens struggled to rebuild.
On New Year's Day, 1776, Lord Dunmore's fleet of three ships shelled the city of Norfolk for more than eight hours.
The damage from the shells and fires started by the British and spread by the patriots destroyed over 800 buildings, almost two-thirds of the city.
The American Colonization Society proposed to "repatriate" free blacks and freed slaves to Africa by establishing the new colony of Liberia and paying for transportation.
These formed the basis for colonial representative government in the newly minted House of Burgesses.
What would become Norfolk was put under the Elizabeth Cittie incorporation.
Dunmore secured small victories at Norfolk but was forced into exile by the American rebels, commanded by Colonel Woodford.
His departure brought an end to more than 168 years of British colonial rule in Virginia.