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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...