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The Island of Portsmouth

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The island of Portsmouth, located 25 miles from mainland North Carolina, was valued for raising livestock. During the early 19th century, sheep, horses, cattle, and goats were reared by the small community. Storm activity in the early 1800s threatened the livestock on the island as it destroyed much of their grazing areas. Apart from these animals, the island served little agricultural purpose as only sweet potatoes were well adapted to the salty soil.