A museum of history & archaeology on the site of Maryland's first capital.
Opportunity brought me to Mary-land; though 'tweren't me first choice of colony. I first sought to print in Virginia. And as fate would have it that were a short-lived venture. Soon after me arrival, the King of England made a proclamation that no printing were to be done in the Royal Colony of Virginia.
Fortunate for me, Mary-land, Virginia's closest neighbor, is a proprietary colony and not influenced by the King's proclamation. So I made the short move up the Chesapeake to Lord Baltimore's colony and have been here ever since. By March 31, 1684, I were in business and printing documents for the government. As long as I have license to print from the Maryland government, my business will prosper.
What types of documents were illegal? Those that spoke against the government, criticized, or wanted to overthrow the government.
License: Permission given by the government to do something.
Proclamation: An official law or rule.
Proprietary colony: A colony (Maryland) owned and governed by a private citizen such as Lord Baltimore.
Imprint: A document made by pressing ink onto paper to create marks (such as with a printing press).
Type: The lead letters, numbers, punctuation, and spaces used with a printing press to form the words in a document.
Trade: The practice of some occupation, business, or profession as a way of making a living.