History of the Colony
George Calvert wanted to found a colony in the New World. Calvert wanted to form a colony so he could freely be Catholic. Life was made difficult and expensive for the Roman Catholics. Catholics were fined for not attending Church of England services. So Calvert, wanting to freely practice his own religion, he founded Maryland. Maryland was suggested by King Charles to be named after his queen, Henrietta Maria. Shortly after the charter being prepared, George Calvert died. It was passed down to his oldest son Cecil Calvert. Every adult that made the voyage to Maryland was given roughly one hundred acres of land. When they arrived at Maryland they were impressed by the beautiful land, and kind natives.
Land in Maryland
Maryland offers many different jobs and economic opportunities. You can be very successful farming, fishing for a living, or you could even run a ferry that runs across the countless amount of rivers, creeks, and other bodies of water. Farming itself offers many different choices. You can be a small subsistence farmer, or even a large cash crop farmer. You can have an orchard, a field of cotton, rice, or tobacco. Maryland can bring you fortune and a new career.
March 25, 1634 - Ships arrive at St. Clement's Island, and the colony of Maryland is established.
February 26, 1635 - For the first time, the Provincial Assembly meets in Maryland.
February 1638 - Kent island is invaded and taken over by Maryland rule.
1649- The Toleration Act is passed and offers a new freedom of religion.
Maryland was established so that people of all Christian religions could practice their faith, become wealthy, have the right to vote, and hold a place in public office. Maryland invites Christens to come to the New World, and have the rights they deserve.
In Maryland you can sit back and relax, and have your indentured servant or slave happily do your work. Owning an indentured servant or can bring you a large fortune because there is little to no labor costs for you. Shipments of ready and able servants and slaves come in to Maryland, and can be put to work. Servants will help save you time and money. They also save you time and hassle picking crops, and working out in the field. When you own an indentured servant, it allows the servant to work for their freedom and rights. Maryland offers poor lower class people the opportunity to come to the New World and eventually gain land and wealth.
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