After the Nottoway were visited by Edward Bland in 1650, early merchants and land seekers began to expand into the land and territorial towns of the Nottoway (Rowantee, Tannatorah and Cohanahanhaka) which were on the main Indian trade path. Weecacana, that paralleled the fall line to the south into present day North Carolina.
At the end of Bacon's Rebellion in 1677, the Virginia Colonists and Virginia Indians, including the Nottoway, signed the Treaty of Middle Plantation. The Spotswood Treaty with the Nottoway in 1713 firmly established the relationship of the Nottoway with Virginia during the colonial period.
Eventually, the Nottoway People were forced onto the reserve of land of approximately 44,000 acres known as the Circle and Square, which was in the vicinity of present day Sebrell, Capron and Courtland Virginia.
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