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An act for the Seatinge of the middle Plantation (February 1, 1632)

In this act, passed on February 1, 1632, the General Assembly orders every fortieth tithable man to take part in the construction of a palisade between the York and James rivers, meant to protect against future conflict with Virginia Indians. The settlement, called Middle Plantation, would later be renamed Williamsburg.

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An act for the Seatinge of the middle Plantation.

IT is ordered, That every fortyeth man chosen and maynteyned out of the tithable persons of all inhabitants, within the compasse of the forrest conteyned between Queenes creek in Charles river, and Archers Hope creeke in James river, with all the lands included, to the bay of Chesepiake, and it is appoynted that the sayd men be there at the plantation of Doct. John Pott, newlie built before the first day of March next and that the men be imployed in buildinge of houses, and securinge that the tract of land lying betweene the sayd creekes. And to do such other workes as soone as may bee as may defray the chardges of that worke, and to be directed therein as they shall be ordered by the Governor and Counsell. And yf any free man shall this yeare before the first day of May, voluntarilie goe and seate uppon the sayd place of the

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middle plantation, they shall have fifty acres of land Inheritance, and be free from all taxes and publique chardges accordinge to a former act of Assembly made the forth day of September last past.