Colonial America Year Colonial Maryland and London Town
  Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, was established in the Chesapeake Bay region. 1607  
  The Plymouth Colony is established in Massachusettes. 1620  
  1632 Maryland Charter is granted to Cecilius Calvert by King Charles I. The colony was named for Queen Henrietta Maria.  
  1634 Mathias de Sousa, an indentured servant of African descent, arrives in Maryland. After earning his freedom, in 1642, De Sousa votes as a freeman in the Maryland Proprietary Assembly.  
  1663/64 Maryland legalizes slavery and passes laws regarding marriages between the enslaved and free-born persons.  
  1683 London Town created by the General Assembly of Maryland through the Act for the Advancement of Trade.  
  1684 Mehitable Larkin marries Otho Holland.  
  The Salem witch trials, conducted in the Massachusetts Colony, result in the executions of 20 people. 1692  
  1694 Annapolis becomes the capital of Maryland.  
  1696 Mehitable Holland (Young Mehitable) is born.  
  1697 Thomas Holland is born.  
  1700 James Holland is born.  
  Queen Anne's War breaks out between France and Great Britain over unresolved issues from their last war and concerns about power in Spain. Colonists in New England suffer greatly for the first several years of the war until Britain comes to their aid. 1702-1713 1703 Otho Holland dies. Mehitable Holland marries John Pierpoint.  
1704 Larkin Pierpoint is born.  
1704 Port of Baltimore opens at Whetstone Point (known today as Locust Point) and is declared a Point of Entry for the tobacco trade by Maryland legislators.  
  1720 Dr. Richard Hill marries Deborah Moore.  
  1724 Hannah Hill is born.  
  1727 William Parks begins publishing the Maryland Gazette newspaper.  
  1729 Baltimore Town is founded. After merging with surrounding areas and annexing additional land, the city becomes known as Baltimore.  
  1739 Hannah Hill marries Samuel Moore. Deborah and Richard Hill leave five of their children in the care of their daughter, Hannah Hill Moore.  
  1744 Treaty of Lancaster is signed. Chiefs of Six Nations (Iroquois) cede lands in Maryland and Virginia to colonial governments, furthering settlement by European colonists.  
  1747 London Town is not selected as a tobacco inspection site by the General Assembly of Maryland.  
  1748 William Brown, Jr. is born.  
  Parliament passed the Iron Act, which prohibits colonists from manufacturing iron themselves and forces them to ship raw iron to England for production. 1750  
  1751 Deborah Moore Hill, mother of Hannah Hill Moore, dies in Madeira.  
  1753 William Brown, Sr. acquires the London Town Ferry.  
  Seven Years' War (French and Indian War)

(1755) England declares war on France over territory in North America and issues in Europe.
1754-1763 1754 Mehitable Pierpoint dies in Frederick County, Maryland.  
1755 Birth of the enslaved child, Jacob.

Richard Hill, Jr. dies in Madeira, where he had moved to joined the family business.
1759/60 A total of 598 enslaved persons are auctioned at London Town.  
1760 Construction of the William Brown house begins. Brown family acquires the enslaved woman, Sall.  
1762 William Brown, Jr. leaves for Scotland.

William Brown, Sr. sues Mary Jones, a convict servant, for time lost to work due to two pregnancies.

Richard Hill, Sr. dies in America.
1763 Advertisement is published in the Maryland Gazette by the Brown family about their runaway indentured servant, William Gray.  
  Parliament passes the Sugar Act. 1764  
  Parliament passes the Stamp Act. As a result, riots broke out a few months later in Boston. 1765  
  The Stamp Act is repealed. 1766  
  Townshend Acts impose new tariffs on British goods. 1767 Mason-Dixon Line is established as Maryland's northern border.  
  British troops in Boston. 1768  
  1769 Maryland merchants stop importing British goods (Non-importation Agreement).  
  Boston Massacre occurs on March 5th. Parliament repeals all of the Townshend tariffs, except for the one on tea. 1770  
  Parliament passes the Tea Act. Boston Tea Party takes place on December 16th. 1773  
  Parliament closes the port of Boston and suspends the Massachusetts government. 1774 A mob burns the cargo vessel, Peggy Stewart, in Annapolis harbor on October 19th.

Maryland sends delegates to the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
  American Revolutionary War 1775-1783      
1776 Four Marylanders, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Samuel Chase, and Charles Carroll, sign the Declaration of Independence.  
1783 Maryland bans the importation of slaves. Massachusetts outlaws slavery.  
1785 William Brown, Sr. loses his house to foreclosure.  
  George Washington is unanimously elected the first president of the United States. 1789  
  1799 Hannah Hill Moore dies.  

This project was developed through a Teaching American History Grant partnership between Anne Arundel County Public Schools, the Center for History Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and Historic London Town and Gardens.