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Claiborne's Rebellion

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Claiborne's Rebellion, outbreak of conflict in colonial United States caused by the refusal of William Claiborne, a Virginia fur trader, to accept the authority of Leonard Calvert, governor of Maryland. Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay area, where Claiborne had established his fur trade, lay within the boundaries of Maryland, according to a charter issued to the Calvert family in 1632. Claiborne, however, had obtained a trading license in England in 1631. Claiborne drove Calvert's forces off the island, but Calvert restored his rule there in 1657.

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