Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Jane T. Merritt
Carolyn J. Lawes
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.
Hughes, Garett W..
"Social and Economic Opportunity in Seventeenth-Century Charles County, Maryland"
(1996). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, History, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/qysy-k182