Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fines Imposted in Jamestown

During the Colonial regime of colonial Governor Berkeley, there was a rush to enlarge Jamestown, particularly to build brick houses and expand trade.  Therefore, each resident was assessed a levy of thirty pounds of tobacco for the county funds.  If a settler chose to subscribe to this proposition and completed a structure in the course of two years, then 10,000 pounds of tobacco was granted him. Also, in order to induce persons to erect brick houses on the lots assigned them, they were granted a fee simple title to the ground adjacent to their property sufficient in extent to afford room for a store.
The General Assembly was concerned that unless a steady volume of trade could be secured for the inhabitants, then this law could not exist. Therefore, they ordered that the tobacco crops transported in sloops and shallops, and put on board ships in James City, Charles City and Surry County. If the planters refused to conform to this regulation, he was to be mulcted 1,000 pounds of tobacco.

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