Q:

Who founded Maryland?

A:

Maryland was founded in 1629 by George Calvert, also known as Lord Baltimore. He died in 1632 before the charter for the colony made Maryland official. Various first names of Calvert's family served as names of settlements.

Know More

Full Answer

Calvert was motivated by a desire for profit and a desire to create a refuge for Roman Catholics, who were still being persecuted in modern-day Protestant England. Maryland even eventually became known as a "haven for Catholics." Tobacco was a cash crop in Maryland, just like it was in many other colonies at the time. Interestingly, Maryland was originally a part of Virginia before gaining its charter in 1632.

Learn more in The Northeast
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Who founded New Jersey?

    A:

    The colony of New Jersey was founded by Sir George Carteret and Lord Berkeley in 1664. New Jersey was named after the English island Isle of Jersey. Berkeley was given charge of the west side of the colony while Carteret was in charge of the east side.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who founded Maine?

    A:

    Maine was founded by Sir Ferdinando Gorges and Captain John Mason in 1629. The men divided a tract of land granted to them, naming one half New Hampshire and the other Maine. On March 15, 1820, Maine gained statehood.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    When was Delaware founded?

    A:

    Delaware was founded in 1638. Dutchman Peter Minuit formed the colony with the name New Sweden, which was a part of New Netherland. New Sweden's name was changed to Delaware when King Charles II gave the colony to his brother James, the Duke of York.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who founded Rhode Island?

    A:

    The state of Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams in 1636. Williams created the first white settlement in Providence on land he purchased from the Narragansett Indians.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore