The Wild Gangs of the Chesapeake

Virginia DeJohn Anderson

in Creatures of Empire

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195158601
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788538 | DOI:
 The Wild Gangs of the Chesapeake

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This chapter argues that labor shortages and the availability of land encouraged Chesapeake colonists to abandon English practices and adopt free-range livestock husbandry. Many animals, especially swine, strayed from plantations and feral populations resulted. These developments loosened the colonists' hold on their livestock, complicated claims to animal property, and compromised domestic animals' usefulness as symbols of English civility.

Keywords: colonists; free-range husbandry; swine; livestock; property; civility

Chapter.  13885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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