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The Forest

Location: Near Natchez, Adams Co., MS

History: William Dunbar (1749-1810) was a Scotsman who came to America in 1771 and engaged in Indian trade in the vicinity of Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania, for about two years. There he became associated with John Ross, a Scottish merchant of Philadelphia, who backed Dunbar in later operations as a planter in the South. In 1773, Dunbar went to British West Florida and settled near Baton Rouge, where he had a plantation and a number of slaves. The slaves spent most of their time in the manufacture of barrel staves rather than in agriculture. He was greatly interested in scientific research and exploration, and undertook a survey on behalf of the government of Spanish Florida. He later explored the Red River region at the request of Thomas Jefferson, with whom he corresponded about scientific matters.

In 1783, Dunbar moved to a plantation near Natchez, which he named the Forest. The Forest Plantation consisted of a thousand acres of fertile land lying between Second Creek and what later became Dr. Jenkin's Elgin Plantation.

Historian Winthrop D. Jordan notes that The Forest Plantation slaves gave dances on more than one occassion. On of these parties was attended by Orange, a slave from the Brighton Plantation and Dave Bradley, a runaway.

Notes: William Dunbar of Dunbarton and William Dunbar of The Forest are two different unrelated individuals. In "Life, Letters, and Papers of William Dunbar" William Dunbar of the Forest explains he is not the same person and that his mail should always be addressed to The Forest to avoid confusion. R.S. Snedeker

Associated Surnames: Dunbar

Associated Plantations: Unknown plantation (Baton Rouge, FL); Brighton Plantation (Adams Co., MS)

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1850-1856: Slaves of The Forest Plantation
From Silence and Tumult at Second Creek, "Road Duty, UTA; Road Duty, MDAH", Winthrop D. Jordan


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