Like many states, Maryland has a rich history. Maryland was founded in 1634 as the Maryland Colony and was founded by Lord Baltimore. The charter for Maryland does state it was originally founded in 1632, but the credit seems to lie in the 1634 year. Ãƒ’šÃ‚ The main purpose for establishing Maryland, like many other areas at the time, was for a place of refuge and place where one could practice their religion in safety. At this time the Roman Catholics were still be persecuted and Lord Baltimore wanted to establish a safe haven for people of this devout religion. This was the primary purpose for establishing this colony. It gave people a safe place to live as well as place to practice their religion without the fear of being persecuted.
Religious freedom is something that we all take for granted today but back in these times, one did not have the freedoms that we have today. People where often killed for their religious beliefs and this was the sole purpose for founding and establishing Maryland. Lord Baltimore became sick of seeing people die for their religious beliefs and had to do something about it. After the Act of Toleration was passed in 1649, Maryland became known as a safe haven for all Catholics. This act allowed and called for the toleration of all different sects of Christianity. Religious freedom became possible in Maryland and no matter what sect of Christianity one practiced, they were safe in Maryland. So like many other early American colonies, the sole purpose for founding Maryland was to allow people to be safe, have a home, and be able to have religious freedom as well. Lord Baltimore changed many things in Maryland, and no wonder why there is city named after him.