The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company: A Story of George Washington's Times

The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company: A Story of George Washington's Times

Charles Royster


during this soaking up narrative Charles Royster lines the increase and fall of the eighteenth-century transatlantic tradition that used to be outfitted at the insatiable call for in Europe for Virginia tobacco and the both insatiable American call for for eu synthetic goods.  

Moving from the plantations of Virginia and Antigua to the warehouses of London and Glasgow, from the Gold Coast of Africa to the valleys of the Allegheny Mountains, from the iron furnaces of southern Wales to the subscribers' room of Lloyd's of London, Professor Royster provides us the tale of the Dismal Swamp corporation, a beautifully delusional company that proposed draining and constructing an unlimited morass alongside the Virginia-North Carolina border. studying the interconnected lives of the company's companions, Royster finds a colonial order equipped on a process of cronyism, conspicuous intake, and debt that turns out hauntingly common. He writes in regards to the many schemers and dreamers (including George Washington, Robert "King" Carter, William Byrds, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert Morris) who didn't amass their wanted fortunes, and some realists (Samuel Gist, Dr. Thomas Walker, and Anthony Bacon) who succeeded, yet on the dire fee of others. And we see the breakdown of this tradition and the transition to a extra democratic, although related, process after the Revolution.

Throughout Royster's narrative we seepossessors possessed via their possessions, slaveholders possessed through slavery, and heirs possessed by way of litigation. Connecting all their tales are their unceasing efforts to make anything immense out of the insubstantial--chief between them the virtually unimaginable fable that fortunes can be made of the Dismal Swamp.

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