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Nottaway County had the highest percentage of enslaved people at 74 percent. Nottoway County was first inhabited by native American Indians of the Iroquoian nation tribe called Nadowa. This name was Anglicized with the coming of English settlers to 'Nottoway.'
The oldest plantation in Virginia, dating back to 1613. It was a tobacco plantation and the primary labor force was enslaved Africans and their descendants. The tobacco was shipped within the colonies and to England. Now home to Upper Shirley Vineyards.
Africans were first brought to colonial Virginia in 1619, when 20 Africans from present-day Angola arrived in Virginia aboard the ship The White Lion. Black women were bred to increase the number of enslaved people for the slave trade, and children were sold.
Laws and practices limited the behavior of African Americans, for example, by not allowing blacks to meet in groups, have firearms, or raise livestock. They could only leave plantations for four hours at a time and needed written permission to travel.
The primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, a Founding Father and the third president of the United States. Historians agree that Jefferson fathered six children by his enslaved mistress, Sally Hemings, who was also half-sister to Jefferson's wife.