North Carolina's early immigrants were a mixed group that included well-to-do planters, laborers, artisans, apprentices, indentured servants, and convicts. In 1701, John Lawson first sighted the land where Bath would be built. Word of this desirable area quickly spread, attracting new immigrants from other colonies to move to North Carolina. In 1704, Lawson drew plans for the town, and in 1705, Bath incorporated. The surrounding area was a source of tar, turpentine, and other naval stores. Latham discusses the town's history.