From historian Charles Royster--winner of the Francis Parkman, Bancroft, and Lincoln prizes--comes the history of one of eighteenth-century America's most fantastic land speculation deals: William Byrd's scheme to develop 900 square miles of swamp on the Virginia-North Carolina border and create fabulous wealth for himself and other shareholders, including George Washington. Royster scrupulously follows the paper trail through the byways of transatlantic deal-cutting, providing a rare view of early American economic culture. Elegantly written and impressively researched, The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company is an eye-opening account of greed, folly, and venture capitalism in the revolutionary era. From the Trade Paperback edition.A Story of George Washingtona#39;s Times Charles Royster. River. His slaves tended livestock and grew corn; ... Publishing an acrostic poem encoded with the beloveda#39;s name was a favorite exercise. Meade did not use an intricate scheme of theanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company|
|Publisher||:||Vintage - 2010-12-08|