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British troops also destroyed most of Havre de Grace in nearby Harford County, Maryland.Cockburn's ships then traveled up the Sassafras River, and, meeting resistance, destroyed Georgetown, Maryland and Fredericktown, Maryland.Steamboats, using technology such as by Robert Fulton, came to dominate travel on the bay during the following decades.The Eagle, built in Philadelphia in 1813, transported travelers between Baltimore and Elkton, where they connected with stage coaches to travel to Wilmington, Philadelphia and other points north.A southern tribe sometimes called the Shawnace also moved into what later became North East, Maryland. William Claiborne, a Puritan trader based in Virginia, earlier established a trading post at what is now known as Garrett island at the mouth of the Susquehanna River near what became Perryville.
Robert Alexander, the area's delegate to the Continental Congress of 1776, spoke with both sides but ultimately decided to go into exile in England without his wife.The county was named for Cecil Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore (1605–1675), the first Proprietary Governor of the Province (colony) of Maryland.It is the only Maryland county that is part of the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metropolitan Statistical Area The area now known as Cecil County was an important trading center long before the county's official organization in 1674 by proclamation of Lord Baltimore.Avoiding Port Deposit which rumors called heavily defended, the British destroyed the Principio Iron Works, an important military target.Port Deposit boomed after the Susquehanna Canal opened in 1812.
The Underground Railroad had crossed through Cecil County, perhaps assisted by the 'Fighting Quaker,' former Congressman and U. Marshall John Conard, who moved to Northeast between 18 and was reburied at St.