Fabulous History of the Dismal Swam
A Story of George Washington's Time
By (author) Charles Royster
Fabulous History of the Dismal Swam by Charles Royster
Book DescriptionFrom 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."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780679753056
(203mm x 121mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Charles Royster
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Author Biography - Charles Royster
Charles Royster lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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