This story of Brunswick Town, the Cape Fear region's first port
city, provided a deep-water port that accommodated trans-Atlantic
shipping on the only easily accessible river in the colony of North
Carolina. Contemporary accounts stated that it was like to be a
"flourishing place," while town lot sales reflected its
profitability in 1731. However, Brunswick Town was not destined to
remain and its founder, Maurice Moore and his family would suffer
great economic trials as a result of the founding of Wilmington
across the river. Gov. George Burrington's opposition to the Family
was wholly political. Brunswick Town barely lasted until the
American Revolution and today, remains only a vague memory. Baylus
C. Brooks, author of Blackbeard Reconsidered: Mist's Piracy,
Thache's Genealogy, delivers another brand new view of North
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