The Jacksons returned to Nashville, where Andrew bought a small plantation, Poplar Grove, and left it to Rachel to run. Rachel was a cunning businesswoman, and the plantation succeeded splendidly under her watch. As Jackson's law practice continued to expand, so did his property–until he eventually settled on 650 acres of land that he named "The Hermitage." Indeed, Jackson often speculated in land throughout the early expansion of the West, buying or trading for tracts of wilderness when they were worthless and then waiting for the frontier to advance to his property. In 1795, Jackson ran into his first major financial crisis, traveling to Philadelphia to sell nearly 50,000 acres of land he co-owned. After nearly a month, he found a buyer who paid twenty cents an acre in the form of promissory notes. Jackson, in turn, used the notes to buy goods to open a trading post on the Cumberland River in Tennessee.
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