Sunday, March 10, 2013

Merchants of Barbadoes to Virginia: William Fitzhugh

William Fitzhugh of Virginia, did a large trade in the Barbadoes as well as to England. He was perhaps one of the wealthiest in the colony.  Shipmasters carried out of Virginia pipe-staves, clapboard, walnut and cedar timer. The freight to Barbadoes during the 17th cntury was one-half of the charge imposed for their transportation to Englad. On one occasion, Fitzhugh was about to make a shipment of staves to Barbadoes, but on the captain's deciding to go to England, Fitzhugh sold them to him at the rate of fifty shillings a thousand, also throwing in a hamper of canary. Source: Force's Historical Tracts, Vol. II. Pictured is a pile of staves.

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