Londontowne is an unincorporated area and former census-designated place (CDP) in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States, and the site of a former colonial seaport founded on the South River in 1683.
London Town was a colonial seaport town founded in 1683 near Annapolis. The original wharf was built by Colonel William Burgess, one of the area’s original settlers. He parceled his land and sold it, leading to the creation of the town with the Act of 1683. It was once considered as the site for the capital of Maryland, a state of the United States of America. It was as prominent a city in trade as Annapolis and Williamsburg, Virginia.
In 1720, London Town, Maryland was a thriving colonial tobacco port, one link in the commercial chain that connected Charleston, South Carolina, and Boston, Massachusetts. Its 100 acres were carefully platted out into single acre lots, ranging along streets like Scotts, Mackelfish, and Fish; a ferry crossed the South River multiple times a day. The tobacco trade required a wide variety of tradesmen and laborers, both free and enslaved, and at least 300 people filled the town. In the 1720s London Town rivaled nearby Annapolis in terms of economic energy; indeed London Town had briefly served as the colonial capital in the late seventeenth century.
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