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Chesapeake Conflict: The Troublesome Early Days of Maryland
William Claiborne of Kent County, England, arrived in Virginia 1621 as royal surveyor, then built a successful fur trade in upper Chesapeake Bay, operating from Kent Island which he found, purchased from Indians, named, settled 1628, only to realize that territorial rights in early America were loosely defined and often ignored. Kent Island became the focus of first serious boundary controversy in colonies, leading to piracy and the first naval battle in...
Guns on the Chesapeake: The Winning of America's Independence
The communities along Chesapeake Bay and the many tributaries that crisscross Virginia and Maryland were under constant threat from the British during the Revolutionary War, beginning in 1775 with Lord Dunmore's assault on the small Virginia town of Hampton and the devastating bombardment of Norfolk, through the naval conflicts and blockades, pillaging raids and burnings of shipyards, warehouses, homes, and farms, the slaughter of families as well as liv...
Of the Sea and Skies: Historic Hampton and Its Times
This book covers a period of more than 500 years, beginning with the exploratory voyages and expeditions that led to the colonization of Virginia at Jamestown in 1607. The title is from Shakespeare, whose countrymen were the first to establish a permanent community in America. They came from the sea and settled Hampton in 1610 on the site of an ancient Indian village that one day would be the NASA proving grounds for America's first leap into space. What...
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