Baltimore’s Forgotten Pioneers
Sharing Their Story
Carroll’s Hundred and Baltimore are forever joined by their geography, economics, and history. Yet little is generally known about this important relationship. But a fascinating story is emerging here after many years of historical and archaeological research at the site. The discoveries at Carroll’s Hundred fundamentally change our understanding of Baltimore, its central role in the rise of American industrial dominance in the twentieth century, and most importantly who propelled it there. It is time for the contributions of these American pioneers to be fully recognized and appreciated.
Our story explores the true source of American greatness — the diversity and ingenuity of its people. Even in 18th-century Maryland, they represented an astonishing array of cultural backgrounds and ethnicities ranging from the indigenous peoples of the Americas, to Africans, to Northern Europeans. Starting in the 1730s, these new Americans were creating a social fabric in the Upper Chesapeake region — a fabric we would recognize today as typically Mid-Atlantic — a community of hard-working people from widely differing backgrounds with little patience, let alone time, for pretense.
A Silent Revolution
2 Morgan, Philip D. Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake & Low Country. Chapel and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.
How Will We Tell This Story?
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