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Saturday, 23 February 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : SLAVERY AND SLAVE TRADE IN MARYLAND :
The institution of slavery in Maryland lasted around 200 years and initially it developed it along very similar lines to neighboring Virginia. The early settlement and population centers of the province tended to cluster around the rivers and other waterways that empty into the Chesapeake Bay as in Virginia, Maryland economy quickly became centered around the farming of tobacco for sale in Europe. The need for cheap labor to help with the growth of tobacco and later with mixed farming economy that developed when tobacco prices collapsed led to a rapid expansion of indentured servitude and later forcible immigration and enslavement of Africans. The first known Africans were bought to Maryland in 1642, when 13 slaves arrived at St Marys city the first English settlement in the province.