In 1632 King Charles I of England granted a land grant to George Calvert, Lord Baltimore, to form a colony north of the established Virginia Colony. The colony would be named Maryland in honor of King Charles' wife Queen Henrietta Maria. The boundary of the grant included all of present day Maryland and Delaware, and included all of the homeland of the Nanticokes as well as the Conoy, Piscataway and parts of many other tribal homelands including the Lenape, Powhatan, Susquehannock, Shawnee, and others. The first settlement in Maryland was at St. Mary's on the Potomac River on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in 1634. The settlers were permitted to build their settlement there by the Potomac people who were already moving their villages further upstream to avoid the frequent raids by the Susquehannocks.

Tribes of Maryland




 Indians of Maryland


 Mattaponi Indian Reservation




Maryland Native American Indian Resources

Nanticoke Indian History

 Susquehannock History

 Tuscarora People

Baltimore American Indian Center

Native American Legacy
Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey

Shawnee Nation (Shaawanwaki, Ša˙wano˙ki  



  Local Resources

      Maryland Genealogical Society
      201 West Monument Street
      Baltimore, MD 21201

     Maryland Historical Society
     201 West Monument Street
     Baltimore, Maryland 21201


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