Maryland, 1634-1776

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First-person accounts, archival illustrations, and historic maps reveal Maryland's rich history. Discover how the colony was founded by Catholics yet largely settled by Protestants; how it was uniquely ruled by a single proprietor; why a ton of tea was burned in Annapolis; how tobacco and wheat were often used as money; and why the American Revolution ended here.

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First-person accounts, archival illustrations, and historic maps reveal Maryland's rich history. Discover how the colony was founded by Catholics yet largely settled by Protestants; how it was uniquely ruled by a single proprietor; why a ton of tea was burned in Annapolis; how tobacco and wheat were often used as money; and why the American Revolution ended here.

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"...the text provides a well-organized and quite readable account of the colony's history. Discussions of topics such as the "Starving Time" in Jamestown and the "Pocahontas saving John Smith" tale reflect current research and thought more closely than many comparable volumes on library shelves." —Booklist (Review of Virginia 1607–1776)
Children's Literature - Mary Bowman-Kruhm
This book uses a traditional chronological recitation of European exploration and settlement to tell the story of the state's beginnings. Illustrations and maps convey the essence of the colonial period. Printed on glossy off-white paper with print easy to read, the book is well designed. Text, however, is an encyclopedic version of Maryland's rich history rather than the "voices" the series title, "Voices from Colonial America," promises. Omitted are fascinating stories about early colonists finding a pristine wilderness populated by osprey and great blue heron, fox, mink and otters; daily life on a Tidewater plantation; and piracy in the Chesapeake Bay. Reading facts doesn't give a picture of life among the various tribes of the Algonquin nation that fished in Nassawango Creek and traveled trails still used today. In addition, some information is flawed. Two examples: "Roanoke, Virginia, settled in 1587, was a failure, and its colonists disappeared" (p. 18). The author obviously means the lost colony of Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina. Similarly, to explain the impact of the Mason-Dixon Line, drawn to alleviate border disputes, text reads, "In the coming years, the line would serve as the divider between North and South, free states and slave-owning states" (p. 91). This sentence is misleading. Delaware, on the other side of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Maryland were both slave states that remained within the Union. Clearly used primary sources, but a lost opportunity to write history that attracts young readers. Reviewer: Mary Bowman-Kruhm, Ph.D.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     9
Native Americans and Spaniards     13
The English Settle In     23
Life in the Colony     35
The Times of Troubles     47
Tobacco and Struggle     57
A Growing Colony     69
Maryland's Golden Age     79
Seeking Self-Government     93
Time Line     104
Resources     105
Quote Sources     106
Index     107
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