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Ragan Speaks on Colonial Economics of Delmarva April 28

SALISBURY, MD---On the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, we are often reminded that what made the Virginia Company a success was tobacco, a crop that would become the staple of the Colonial Chesapeake.

On the Eastern Shore, however, tobacco found itself competing with other crops and other ways of making a profit.  Furs and timber, grain and pork, smuggling and cloth-making--all of these contributed to the early economic diversity of Delmarva.

Dr. Elizabeth Ragan, an archaeologist in Salisbury University's Anthropology Program, will discuss this economic diversity at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture on Saturday, April 28, at 4 p.m.

This lecture, titled "More Than Tobacco:  Economic Opportunities in Early Colonial Delmarva," is free and the public is invited. The Nabb Research Center is located at the East Campus Complex of SU in Room 190.  For more information call 410-543-6312 or visit the Nabb Web site at