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Port of Entry (HM16JR)

Location: Hollywood, MD 20636 St Mary's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 22.611', W 76° 32.237'

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During colonial days, English government has hopes of exporting furs, foodstuffs, timber, flax and other products from Maryland's ports to the home county. In reality, tobacco was the only notable item produced and exported to England in large quantities.

In the 18th century, Sotterley Creek accommodated fairly large ocean-going boats such as Brigs, Brigantines, and Schooners. Brigs measuring more than 100 feet in length were the workhorses of the Atlantic and Caribbean trade, carrying up to 500 hogsheads of tobacco.

By the 19th century, severe silting made passage of the creek nearly impossible, except for smaller sloops. By the end of the Civil War, the creek was abandoned entirely by tradesmen.

Sotterley Plantation played an integral role in international and domestic trade in the 17th and 18th centuries. Plantation owners George Plater II and George Plater III inspected ships from England, Ireland and the West Indies, as well as domestic ports.

Hogsheads of tobacco from Sotterley and neighboring plantations were shipped to British ports and exchanged for furniture, tools, paper, household items, linens and other goods. Sotterley received rum, sugar, molasses, and spices from Caribbean ports.
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HM NumberHM16JR
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Placed ByChesapeake Bay Gateways Network
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 6:13pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 365720 N 4248747
Decimal Degrees38.37685000, -76.53728333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 22.611', W 76° 32.237'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 22' 36.66" N, 76° 32' 14.22" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 44440 Sotterley Wharf Rd, Hollywood MD 20636, US
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