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The boundary disputes between Virginia and Maryland were due mainly to the haphazard way in which the King of England granted the land in the New World, but the lack of geographical knowledge, on the part of the commissioners of the colonies, and later of the states, aided much in furthering these disputes, which covered a period of about two hundred and fifty years (1632-1894), and were only ended by a decision of the Supreme Court of the United States.

This paper is not a history of these boundary controversies, but only that part of the subject, which led to the first open dispute. It is generally understood that the actual disputes began in 1668. There is, however, a sight error in this, as the Virginia Colony began their complaints as soon as they heard of the charter to Lord Baltimore