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Adult Forum - Dr. Matthew Crenson, "Politically Stifled Baltimore"

Unlike other port cities on the eastern seaboard, Baltimore was not a site of original colonization.  It emerged almost a century after the first British colonists arrived in Maryland. When Baltimore emerged, there was already an entrenched political establishment in Annapolis unwilling to grant the new town the authority needed to manage its own affairs. And Annapolis cast its shadow over Baltimore for much of the city’s history.