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Tobacco South Panoramas
Maryland's first settlement was founded in 1634 when two
ships sailed up the Potomac River. The colonists lived in a village
being abandoned by Yaocomaco Indians before founding St. Mary's City
and creating tobacco plantations, homes, and gardens. By the nineteenth
century tobacco grown in the North Carolina Piedmont made the fortune
of the Duke family of Durham. The panoramas show the crops, fields, and
life in reconstructed working museums in the Tobacco South.
As you scroll through the panoramas and the linked images,
make a list of those features that contributed to the success of
settlers in the Tobacco South. What obstacles did they encounter? What
values underlay the growth of tobacco plantations and the tobacco
industry? Use the quotations to assist you in your interpretation.
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Historic St. Mary's City: Indian Village, 1634
Historic St. Mary's City: Tobacco Plantation, 1660
Historic St. Mary's City, Tobacco Plantation: Homestead Interior, 1660
Duke Homestead, Durham, N.C., 1865
Credits: Photographs by Carolyn Merchant; panorama assembly and web page by Rob Weinberg.