Author: House of Burgesses

PRIMARY DOCUMENT

“Saturday, September 21, 1734,” Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia (1734)

In this record of the September 21, 1734, proceedings of the House of Burgesses, Virginia’s assembly of elected representatives orders a bill to authorize a petition made by the Nottoway Indian Tribe to sell a portion of the Circle Tract of the Nottoway Reservation. Because the bill dismisses the Nottoway language interpreters, it is not clear whether the Nottoway fully understood the true implications of the sale. The bill passed into law in 1735. This was the first of many reservation land sales that took place in the eighteenth century.