The Accounting of Canton Plantation

The Accounting of Canton Plantation

The Accounting of Canton Plantation
Archival Pigment Print from Photo Composition
24" x 36"
Rose Anderson, 2019

Captain John O'Donnell was a wealthy Irish man who came to Baltimore in 1785 to conduct International Trade from the port. He purchased 1,981 acres for his Canton Plantation, so called because when he arrived, his ship carried goods from Canton in China.

The 1790 census lists his household as having 36 enslaved people.

Today we know his plantation as the Canton area of Baltimore City. O'Donnell Street is named for Captain John O'Donnell, as is O'Donnell Square where a statue honors him. Nearby Elliot Street bears the maiden name of his wife.

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