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Kent Island colony.

In May, 1631, King Charles I. granted a license to William Claiborne “to traffic in those parts of America for which there was already no patent granted for sole trade.” With the intention of monopolizing the Indian trade of Chesapeake Bay, Claiborne and his associates planted a small colony on Kent Island, situated in the centre of the province of Maryland, soon afterwards granted to Lord Baltimore. This grant and settlement gave much trouble to the proprietor of Maryland and the settlers there under his patent. See Claiborne, William.

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