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George Calvert was the first Lord of Baltimore His oldest son Cecil Calvert was the second Lord Baltimore George Calvert after a visit to Virginia petitioned King Charles I of England to grant him permission to colonize the land north of the Potomac He died in 1632 at age 52 just 66 days before the colonys official charter was issued but his son Cecil Calvert carried out his fathers dreamCecil Calvert had the difficult task of planning and carrying out the colonization of Maryland He recruited settlers and arranged for the Ark and the Dove to take them to Maryland Cecil Calvert spent a great deal of money on that first voyage The two ships arrived at Maryland in early March 1634Cecil Calvert supported his fathers idea of making Maryland a haven for all types of Christians He was responsible for the Act Concerning Religion a law that tried to eliminate religious prejudice among Christian Marylanders Because Englands monarchs could not be trusted to leave the American colonies alone Cecil Calvert spent the remaining years of his life in England protecting his ownership of Maryland Despite a couple of interruptions Maryland remained a Calvert possession for well over a century Marylands Cecil County was named for him and Anne Arundel County was named for his wifeWhen Europeans arrived in the 1600s about 3000 Indian people lived on the land that is now called Maryland No one is certain when they met the Europeans for the first time Some historians think that french traders ben to buy furs from the Indians that lived along Chesapeake Bay in the early 1500sDuring the 1660s many land disputes arose because of settlers farming land which was close to other states borders Consequently disputes came about as to border lines These disputes involved the states of Virginia and Pennsylvania Over the next 100 years Maryland lost many thousand acres of land to these statesThe French and Indian War 1754-1763
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