The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: March 23

WILLIAMSBURG, March 23, 1775.
FOR SALE, AND VERY CHEAP A PLANTATION in good order for cropping, none of the land having been cleared above six years, with all necessary houses, quite new, together with 1500 acres of exceeding rich land, the soil of which is so good that it will bring large tobacco for five or six years without dung. I have made on this plantation above three thousand pounds of tobacco per share. The place is very healthy, and has a fine range for stock. This land ties in the lower end of Buckingham county, near to Appomattox river, on each side of Great Ducker's and Moyo creeks. Tobacco has been carried above this land near to Petersburg by water, and last month, in the dry weather, two canoe loads of wheat were carried near to Petersburg and the canoes brought back; they were loaded but a little below this land. I make no doubt but Appomattox river will be soon cleared, and then the expence of sending wheat, tobacco, etc. will be trifling. . . . ANTHONY WINSTON.

Virginia Gazette (Pinkney) March 23, 1775

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Tobacco cultivation largely determined settlement patterns. Settlement began along the rivers, but as the riverfront land was filled, then planters began moving inland. Tobacco growing exhausted the soil, and this too, sent planters westward. Here is one such plantation for sale.

Sources: Goodman, p 122

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