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The three settlements, covering 60 acres, became a commercial hub and in 1768 became the county seat.Baltimore played a key part in events leading to and including the American Revolution. moved the city to join the resistance to British taxes, and merchants signed agreements to not trade with Britain.The Baltimore riot cost the city an estimated million (US$ 69 million in 2017).A total of 11,000 Maryland National Guard and federal troops were ordered into the city.Soon after the city created the world's first dental college, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, in 1840, and shared in the world's first telegraph line, between Baltimore and Washington DC in 1844.Maryland, a slave state with abundant popular support for secession in some areas, remained part of the Union during the American Civil War, due in part to the Union's strategic occupation of the city in 1861.
The city remained a part of surrounding Baltimore County and continued to serve as its county seat from 1768–1851, after which it became an independent city.European colonization of Maryland began with the arrival of an English ship at St. Europeans began to settle the area further north, beginning to populate the area of Baltimore County, The colonial General Assembly of Maryland created the Port of Baltimore at old Whetstone Point (now Locust Point) in 1706 for the tobacco trade.The Town of Baltimore, on the west side of the Jones Falls, was founded and laid out on July 30, 1729; with Jonestown and Fells Point preexisting to the east.Baltimore saw the first casualties of the war on April 19, 1861, when Union Soldiers en route from the President Street Station to Camden Yards clashed with a secessionist mob in the Pratt Street Riot.
In the midst of the Long Depression which followed the Panic of 1873, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad company attempted to lower its workers' wages, leading to strikes and riots in the city and beyond.By 1820 its population had reached 60,000, and its economy had shifted from its base in tobacco plantations to sawmilling, shipbuilding, and textile production.