Date of Award

Winter 1996

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Committee Director

Jane T. Merritt

Committee Member

Carolyn J. Lawes

Committee Member

Lorraine Lees

Abstract

This study explores social and economic opportunity within Charles County in the context of the seventeenth-century and the founding of the Maryland colony. By illustrating the strong cross-Atlantic ties between England and the Chesapeake region, as well as the impact that a high population turnover rate and unsteady tobacco economy had upon the Maryland colony, this study first establishes the environment that those settlers who chose to immigrate to the Chesapeake inhabited. Further, by utilizing community connections, personal relations, and the legal system, the men and women of Charles County developed new methods in which to access opportunity. The source material used for this study consists primarily of the Charles County Court Proceedings and the Maryland Provincial Court records.

DOI

10.25777/qysy-k182

ISBN

9780591262285

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