As only the fourth permanent English settlement on North American soil, the colony of Maryland faced an array of challenges from the moment it was established in 1634. Paramount among these were the challenges of keeping settlers alive and in fit working condition. Health and healing were issues which underpinned the potential success or failure of any colonial endeavor, and responses to these concerns often proved wholly inadequate. This is one reason why many more English colonies failed than succeeded throughout the first century of imperial expansion. So how did early Marylanders seek to address their medical concerns in this strange new land? Who were their physicians, and what ailments were they treating? What kinds of medicines did these colonists prescribe, and where did they come from? Were their philosophies of health and healing predominantly imported from Europe, or were some worked out right here on the shores of Chesapeake Bay?
Join historian Benjamin Tomak as he addresses these and other questions concerning these critical and fascinating aspects of colonial life.
This lecture is free and open to the public.