"Maryland's First Capital" St. Marys City by Tom_Fields
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St Mary's City was founded shortly after the first European landing at St Clement's Island in 1634. It became the capital of the new colony. Maryland was founded for English Catholics, to escape persecution at home.
For a few decades, it thrived, and attracted immigrants from all over Europe. This was the first colony to practice genuine religious freedom (that is, for all Christians). But in the 1690s, the capital moved to the new town of Annapolis.
Soon, St. Mary's City ended up abandoned. In time, it was plowed under and nearly forgotten.
But, like the more famous Williamsburg, it was rediscovered. Archeologists have been hard at work reconstructing the town. It's become a major tourist attraction, a must-see for history buffs.
There's a restored State House, Maryland's first print shop, a rebuilt chapel for Catholics, a replica Indian village, an archeological dig at the old Calvert house, and much more.
Be sure to visit the replica of the Maryland Dove. This ship, along with a larger one, brought the first settlers from England in 1634.
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