Prince George’s County

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History of Prince George’s County

Prince George’s County’s story begins in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with the discovery of the Prince George's CountyChesapeake Bay. Although the Spanish and Caribbean were the first to discover the bay, the English were the first to explore and chart it.

In the turn of the seventeenth century, the Bay was truly a fruitful land. The air was clear, the woods and waters were full of game and fish. The soil was fertile, the climate welcoming. The bay provided hundreds of miles of safe waterways, providing convenient access to vast acres of land. In honor of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen, The English settlers called the large Chesapeake region Virginia. Jamestown was the Englishman’s first permanent settlement, on the James River, in 1607. In 1632, King Charles I granted the northern parts of Virginia, north of the Potomac River, all the way to Cecil County, second Lord Baltimore. This new grant became Maryland. In March of 1634, the first colonists of Maryland arrived from England aboard two ships called Ark and Dove. Within thirty years, more colonists followed and began settling the southernmost portions of the land we now call Prince George’s County.

With over 300 years of history, Prince George’s County is a good place to live. Once characterized as the bedroom county for Washington, D.C., Prince George’s County now boasts a growing and diversifying economy. With a population of over 863, 420 (2010 Census), P.G. County is the second most populous county in Maryland, behind Montgomery County.

Recreation 

Although P.G. County is not often credited for the Washington Redskins, the stadium is located in Landover. There are no other major professional sport leagues in the county, however, Bowie hosts the Bowie Baysox – a minor league Baseball team.

P.G. County is home to various recreations and enterprises including Andrews Air Force Base, the National Archives and Records Administration’s College Park facility, the University of Maryland’s flagship College Park campus, Six Flags America and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, FedEx Field (home of the Washington Redskins), and the National Harbor.

P.G. County’s Cities

Cities in Prince George’s County include Bowie, Laurel, College Park, District Heights, Glenarden, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Mount Rainer, Seat Pleasant and New Carrollton.

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