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Chesapeake, Virginia is not only a small city of 222,528 (as of 2007) but also a county and a historic Revolutionary War battlefield. Chesapeake is one of the seven cities that make up the Hampton Roads or Tidewater area of Virginia, surrounding Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake has two major shopping malls, three interstate freeways (I-64, I-264 and I-464), and miles of waterfront industrial, commercial and residential property. Chesapeake is a diverse city with urban areas as well as many square miles of protected forests and wetlands, including the Great Dismal Swamp.

The locks at Great Bridge in Chesapeake at part of the 4,800-km (3,000-mile) recreational and commercial waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States known as The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The locks transition from the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River to the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal which runs to Knotts Island in North Carolina.

The American Revolutionary War Battle of Great Bridge, which took place on 9 December 1775 resulted in the final defeat of the British in Viginia and destroyed the local British Fort guarding the northern approach to the narrow natural isthmus of Great Bridge.
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