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St. Mary’s City, Maryland

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The ambassador from Maryland in the New Amsterdam Colony was Augustine Heerman from Maryland and there are further connections in the early history of the colony and there. He was also thought to have introduced the Dutch to tobacco. The Dutch called him the “Czech”. His warehouse site remains were excavated in late winter by archaeologists in 1984. (Greenhouse Consultants, Inc., et al) which I also worked on. There is also a brick house in Maryland near his original site all the bricks are laid on end instead by length.

In the spirit of the conference which I won’t be attending (watch that rough rainy weather there) I wonder if anyone on the list would like to read about the other “Virginia” in Maine that was settled at the same time as the settlement at Jamestown in Virginia, where the Mayflower was heading which it did actually land in as described. (“The Land of Bad People” 07/06/2007)

My favorite passenger was Isaac Allerton, a Puritan, but others, the Presbyterians were of a greater number, along with the Pilgrims in what became Massachusetts. Some of those from the Charles River later left to settle Setauket, Long Island, NY.

Isaac Allerton, a passenger on the Mayflower, had a warehouse in New Amsterdam, a large ship “Hope” a home in New Haven, and is buried today next to Yale University in Connecticut. A large street, off the exit of America’s oldest motor parkway, between the Bronx Botanical Gardens and the Bronx Zoo is named after him. He was arguably (and there laid the rub) thought “second in command” at Plymouth, across the street from the leader and confused with the governor’s assistant, John Alder. James Deetz “In Small Things Forgotten” describes the discovery of artifacts from his half-built structure in Massachusetts by an architect.

The Isaac Allerton Warehouse remains might lie under the large parking lot in the South Street Seaport Historic District in New York City. His business relations were involved in larger landholdings in Maryland and left for there later after the outcomes of Jacob Leisler’s Rebellion who was exhumed and reburied with honors under William and Mary after his hanging.

(posted to Histarch in response to the announcement of the CNEHA, Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology meetings this weekend in St. Mary’s City, Maryland)


Written by georgejmyersjr

10/25/2008 at 4:59 am

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  1. I believe that during the New Netherland period, Maryland didn’t exist, but instead was claimed by the Swedes as New Sweden. There was no diplomatic relation with New Netherland at the time, because in New Netherland’s reckoning and according to all its maps, New Sweden had invaded New Netherland territory. The reclaiming by Peter Stuyvesant and the turning over of Fort Christina happened too late to matter, as both became English possessions.If you have a response to this, I invite you to give a guest post on my site,


    11/03/2008 at 12:27 am

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