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History and Landscape of Kent Island

Kent Island is home to the first European settlement in what is now Maryland, and is the largest island in the Chesapeake Bay! Founded in 1631, “William Claiborne, a resident of Jamestown, founded a settlement near the southern end of the island for the purpose of trading with Native Americans and named the island after his birthplace of Kent, England” (Ruffner). 




Kent Island is only four miles wide. The United States Census Bureau reports that the island has 31.62 square miles (81.90 km2) of land area.



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