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A Walking Tour of Portsmouth, Virginia


a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com


by Doug Gelbert


published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords


Copyright 2010 by Cruden Bay Books


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After a series of Indian attacks in the 1670s planters and settlers led by 29-year old Nathaniel Bacon rose up against Virginia Colonial Governor William Berkeley for his refusal to retaliate. Bacon’s Rebellion was eventually squashed. Property of the participants was seized by the Crown and 20 conspirators hanged. Among them was Captain William Carver who owned a plantation along the brackish waters of the Elizabeth River. Carver’s confiscated land was granted in 1716 to Colonel William Crawford who in 1750 “laid out a parcel of land into one hundred and twenty-two lots, commodious streets, places for a courthouse, market and public landings. He named the place Portsmouth and presented it to Norfolk County.


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