An American Family History

The Dorsey Family

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Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

from Out of the Past

With the arrival of Governor Nicholson, matters began to change. He called the assembly into session in Anne Arundel Town, and at that session, held February 28, 1694, (O.S.-1695 N.S.), in the home of Major Edward Dorsey. It was decided to move the seat of government from St. Mary's to Anne Arundel Town. It was decided at this session to rename the town Annapolis, in honor of Princess Ann


American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.