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Herbert Paschal talk on Bath history, 1960

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of Indians and the most southerly representative of that great linguistic group. Just before the arrival of settlers in the region in the 1690’s a great smallpox epidemic [crossed out: razed] swept through the Pamptico tribe. And the [crossed out: tribe which] Pamptico who numbered well over a thousand were reduced to [crossed out: just] fifteen fighting men and forced to abandon their village and settle on a more easily defended island in the Pamlico.

The white settlers who began to pour into this area in the 1690s’s were also struck with its beauty and its potential as a town site. Thus, when some of the early settlers of this area determined to establish a town in the opening years of the eighteenth century, it was here that they fixed upon a location for their town.

The founding of Bath was [crossed out: not so] in its way a startling event in North

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Location: Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Call Number: Herbert Paschal Papers, #481.12.Bath Talk
Collection: Herbert Paschal Papers

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