An award-winning historian presents the absorbing history of a fantastically delusional enterprise that proposed draining and developing the Dismal ...Show synopsisAn award-winning historian presents the absorbing history of a fantastically delusional enterprise that proposed draining and developing the Dismal Swamp, a vast morass along the Virginia-North Carolina border. William Byrd's 18th-century scheme was designed to create fabulous wealth for himself and other shareholders, including George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson. 20 illustrations. 5 maps.Hide synopsis
Description:626 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand New Book. UNITED...626 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand New Book. UNITED STATES HISTORY. Traces the rise and fall of the eighteenth-century transatlantic culture that was built on the insatiable demand in Europe for Virginia tobacco and the equally insatiable American demand for European goods. Royster writes about the many schemers and dreamers (including George Washington, Robert "King" Carter, two William Byrds, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert Morris) who failed to amass their desired fortunes, and a few realists (Samuel Gist, Dr. Thomas Walker, and Anthony Bacon) who succeeded. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Colonial America, United States History, George Washington, Robert Carter, William Byrd, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Morris, Samuel Gist, Thomas Walker, Anthony Bacon, Williamsburg, Virginia, Tobacco. Slaves, Peyton Randolph, Charles Royster, Ohio River, Lloyd's, Land Grants, Dismal Swamp Company, Francis Farley, Cherokee Indians, Robert Burwell, Antigua, Anthony Bacon).
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