Fear of War, People of Peace

Fear of War, People of Peace (HM1S2M)

Location: Saint Marys City, MD 20686 St. Mary's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 11.028', W 76° 25.846'

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When Maryland's first Settlers arrived in 1634 they expected to encounter trouble, both from local American Indians and from rival English Colonists across the Potomac River in Virginia.
To assure a place of safety they built a fort at St. Mary's City armed with cannons sent by Lord Baltimore on the Ark. Archaeologists have not yet pinpointed the location of the fort, but his iron cannon may have been used there. It was discovered under the water of the St. Mary's River in 1824.
Although there were periodic conflicts with Virginians, the Yaocomaco Indians generously welcomed the settlers in 1634. The fort never needed as a place of refuge or defense against Indian raids.
"... we have seated ourselves, within one half mile of the river, with a palizado of one hundred and twenty yarde square with foure flankes, we have mounted one peece of ordinance ... a fortification (we think) sufficient to defend against any such weake enemies we have reason to expect here." — Leonard Calvert, May 30 1634
HM NumberHM1S2M
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Date Added Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 374693 N 4227175
Decimal Degrees38.18380000, -76.43076667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 11.028', W 76° 25.846'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 11' 1.68" N, 76° 25' 50.76" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16721 Point Lookout Rd, Saint Marys City MD 20686, US
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