I tend to point oddball pieces of history which high-school history and university history professors kinda skip over....and give you a different prospective of reality.
In this essay....a brief talk on Maryland.
Today, Maryland is made up of six million people, and one of the titles often given to the state is the 'free state' of Maryland. Most folks would travel around the state and make the observation that it's highly urbanized, and has a problem with crime (drugs, thugs, gangs, etc).
So, you go back and review the real history of the state.
While the Pilgrims did arrive in the New World in 1619....it's not until 1634 that folks start to arrive in Maryland. Two small vessels arrived in the early spring of 1634 (the Ark and the Dove). It's safe to say that this crowd was different from the Plymouth episode....in that most of this group was Catholic.
This arrival group? Well, it's always referred in an odd way....seventeen 'gentlemen' and their wives. Gentlemen? It's a term that was never used in Plymouth talk or history. So you have to assume that these were distinguished guys and probably not the rough-and-tough type guys.
But you come to this other footnote about this group of 34 men and women....there were two-hundred 'others' listed. Their purpose in life? To support the seventeen men, and their wives. The term 'indentured' servant often gets used at this point. This is a person who got into legal trouble and to avoid debt-prison.....you became a servant for a period of time. No one says that all two-hundred were indentured, but it's likely that more than half of them fell into this category. You more or less were given some option to pack up and leave some debt-prison....ride on a ship for six to eight weeks.....and then do some pretty heavy work.
This group upon arrival....did something that you wouldn't have expected. They met up with the local Indians, and made a transaction to 'buy' the local property. One might perceive this moment as simply working out a deal that some stretch of land was agreeable to live upon.
Once this was set and the Indian deal was done....then the general running of the new colony took place and some folks probably were a bit unnerved. The rule of the community? It's basically taking a step back into the 1000 to 1400 era of feudalistic operations....meaning that the community existed around the running of the land....rather than a capitalistic form of work and trade. It took basically a year for folks to figure out that this wasn't exactly what they'd signed up for. Yes, by 1635....roughly 12 months later....there's friction going on.
It takes about three years for folks to calm down, and set their mind upon using standard laws of England in this colony.
Oddly, from 1638....for about a decade, there is friction with neighbor colony areas...mostly because there is no real line drawn where one's little empire begins and ends. There's also religious conflict going on because no one wants to say one single religion per colony but it's forming up that way. Maryland? It's basically becoming the Catholic colony of the New World....unlike all of it's neighbors.
Roughly sixteen years into this colony business....Maryland now has a curious development to occur. It's now become one of the chief areas for debt-prison members and regular jail population folks. An 'HR-like' guy would show up in a British prison....look over the crowd for healthy members....and then select folks for New World participation. In debt-prison....you had some ways to grasp the deal and at least discuss the matter. In a regular prison...there was no real discussion. It was the rough-and-tough crowd who helped make Baltimore and the state of Maryland....into what it is today.
These internal Puritan versus Catholic revolts? From the 1650 era....for about two decades....these two religious groups required continual enforcement by the British government to prevent all-out warfare. It was a pretty harsh environment....religious warfare and prison-population members as members of the community. In some ways, I'm guessing the Indian population sat back and were mostly amused at the new neighbors who'd arrived and were fairly uncivilized.
What's happened in 300 years? Well...yeah, it's still mostly warfare....just urbanized....some meth and heroin mixed into the situation. The religious warfare? Mostly replaced by social justice warfare.