Iron manufacturing was one of the economic pillars of the Maryland colony. It is very important
to understand the role of enslaved African Americans in making this possible. This Lesson Plan
introduces students to this subject using primary and secondary sources.
What do we picture when we think of America’s “pioneers”? The Pilgrims, cowboys, Lewis and
Clark, the wagon trains heading to the unexplored (by Europeans) west? If so, we are missing
a lot. To widen our view, we’ll concentrate on Maryland’s African pioneers whose unique skills
and heritage form an essential part of the economic and cultural foundation of our nation.