Fun Fact: Maryland’s First Settlers

In March 1634, the first English settlers arrived at St. Clement’s Island in St. Mary’s County aboard the Ark and the Dove.

Although the English laid claim to the land for a new colony, St. Clement’s Island was part of a large landscape that had been inhabited by the Piscataway people for thousands of years. The colonists lingered there for a few weeks, while English leaders met with Piscataway leaders. Then, having decided that the 400-acre island was too small for their settlement, the English moved downriver to the site that would become St. Mary’s City and Maryland’s first capital.

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