Baltimore's Storied Past: Background information when reading Clock Dance

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Clock Dance

A Novel

by Anne Tyler

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Baltimore's Storied Past

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Baltimore's Washington Monument designed by Robert Mills, completed in 1929Clock Dance, like many of Anne Tyler's novels, takes place in Baltimore, Maryland. The largest city in the state, Baltimore is home to over 600,000 residents, or 2.8 million people including the entire metro area. Located just 40 miles northeast of Washington, D.C. on the Patapsco River close to where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay, it is the second-largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic region in terms of cargo transported (with Virginia's Port of Norfolk being the largest). The bay opens to the ocean via the 14-mile Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, and is a major automobile-shipping hub. It is one of the most naturally-protected harbors in the world; the Delmarva Peninsula shields it from most hurricanes, and the Appalachian Mountains to the south temper its climate, keeping the bay from freezing over in the winter.

The city was founded by British colonists in 1729, including George Calvert, titled Baron Baltimore (1579-1632), for whom it was named. After his death, Calvert's son ...

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