It is one of nine cities and seven counties that constitute the Hampton Roads metro area, officially known as the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA.The city is bordered to the west by the Elizabeth River and to the north by the Chesapeake Bay.
It was an important port for exporting goods to the British Isles and beyond.
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.
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.