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The Tidewater region of Virginia is a term used to refer to the eastern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginiamarker. The term "Tidewater" may be correctly applied to all portions of Virginia where the water level is affected by the tides. In general, this is most of the land east of I-95, which runs between major cities along the fall line, and north of U.S. 460. It includes Hampton Roadsmarker, the rest of the Virginia Peninsulamarker, the Middle Peninsula, the Northern Neck, and the Eastern Shore.

Planters in the early American colonies extended their tobacco productions above the "fall line," where waterfalls or rapids mark the end of the Tidewater and the beginning of the foothill region known as the Piedmont. By 1700s, slaves were included in a majority of upcountry households and as many as three-quarters of the households in the Tidewater.

Many people of the southeastern area of Virginia still refer to Tidewater as the areas of Virginia Beachmarker, Chesapeakemarker, Portsmouthmarker, Norfolkmarker, Suffolkmarker, Hamptonmarker, Newport Newsmarker, James City County, Yorktownmarker, Poquosonmarker, Williamsburgmarker , and Gloucestermarker. Collectively, however, these localities are now referred to as Hampton Roadsmarker.

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