Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This Day in Christian History: March 25

This Day in Christian History: March 25

March 25, 1634: The Catholic Church Gains a Foothold in America

Recreation of The Dove
On March 25, 1634, the ships Dove and Ark arrived in Maryland with 128 Catholic Colonists. Up to this point, the New World had been mostly settled by Protestants.

The settlers departed from Gravesend with 128 passengers, but they were chased down and brought back by the British Navy. The passengers were forced to take an oath of allegiance to the king. After they'd done so, they were allowed to depart. So they once again set sail in October of 1632.

The two ships made a stop on the Isle of Wight to pick up more passengers.

They finally arrived at the place now known as St. Mary's on March 25, 1634. The spot was then a Native American Village.

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