In 1680 the colony was in a state of poverty. The Act of Cohabitation was put in place in the hope that it would raise up occupations for the inhabitants of the colony and probably diminish their dependence on England for manufacture, the cost of which fell very heavily upon the people when their main commodity was depressed in value. The following sites were selected as sites for new towns: Varina in Herico, Fleur de Lundred in Charles City, Smith's Fort in Surry, Jamestown in James City, Patesfield in Isle of Wight, Huff's Point in Nansemount, the mouth of Deep Crfeek in Warwick, the Jervise plantation in Elizabeth City, Wise plantation in Lower Norffolk, etc.
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