what was the purpose of the assembly in charlestown?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The town of Charles Town was established in 1742 by Act of the Maryland Assembly because, to quote the Act, “the encouragement of Trade and Navigation is the surest means of promoting the happiness and increasing the riches of every country . . . [and] . . . there being as yet no [town] settled at or near the head of the Chesapeake Bay . . .” The Assembly directed that “a place called Long Point on the west side of North East River in Cecil County” be the location of the new town and that it be named Charles Town in honor of the Right Honourable Charles, Lord Baron of Baltimore. A public wharf and a three-story warehouse were built. An inspector was appointed to ensure that only flour of superior quality was sold. And Charles Town was in business.

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