“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near North East in Cecil County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

An Earthly Paradise

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Photographed By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., May 11, 2020
1. An Earthly Paradise Marker
Inscription.  Could you survive in a strange new land? Imagine yourself as one of the new English settlers of 1607. After being tossed around on the ocean for months, the sight of land brings shouts of joy! Then you look a little closer and all you see are endless sandy beaches. There are no welcoming docks, cities or towns. There are no roads through the thick forests... or families waiting at home. How can this possibly be an "earthly paradise?"

The Key to Success

Captain John Smith made two voyages around the Chesapeake Bay in 1608 to explore the region's resources. After traveling the abundant waters, Smith wrote "Heaven and Earth have never agreed better to have a place for man's habitation." Although there were no roads, the Bay served as a "highway" for traveling. There were no well-established farms, but the region provided almost unlimited food. Even with the comforts of English life an ocean away, Smith realized that the Chesapeake Bay would provide for success as the settlers pursued a new life in a very different place.

Common Ground

Even as the first European settlers
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Photographed By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., June 27, 2020
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landed on the shores of the Chesapeake, Native American societies were thriving throughout the region. Thousands of Native Americans were living in the Bay area when the English arrived in 1607. With sophisticated political structures, complex trade routes and well-established traditions, the tribes flourished by hunting, growing crops and using weirs and boats to harvest food from the Bay.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1607.
Location. 39° 29.574′ N, 75° 59.282′ W. Marker is near North East, Maryland, in Cecil County. Marker is on North East Beach Road, on the left when traveling west. This is to east (inland) of the Bird's Eye View plaque, which is also in this database. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North East MD 21901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bird’s Eye View (within shouting distance of this marker); Overlook of General Howe’s Landing (approx. 2.3 miles away); Sentinel on the Bay (approx. 2˝ miles away); Why Build a Lighthouse? (approx. 2˝ miles away); Welcome to Turkey Point! (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Enemy Returns (approx. 3.2 miles away); Cherry Grove (approx. 4 miles away); The Perryville Mule School (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North East.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 7, 2022