Saturday, March 9, 2013

Merchants of Barbadoes to Virginia: Consignments

During the 1650s, shipmasters from Barbadoes were found selling negroes to the planters alog the York and James Rivers. It was the custom of many of the vessels sailing from this island to proceed first to Virginia and afterwards to New England. In a vessel which left Barbadoes in 1661, the Charles of Southton, there were among the consignments for Virginia, six hogsheads of bay salt. In ome instances, these consignments were restricted to negroes, in others, to rum, sugar and molasses. Source: Records of Lancaster County, vol.1666-1682, p. 31.

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