O'Donnell Square, Canton
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Captain John O’Donnell, the 18th century seafaring merchant, founded the Baltimore community of Canton on a fortune made through trade – including Turkish opium, according to historians – in the Chinese port of the same name.

O’Donnell, who brought cattle to Baltimore and goods from the Orient peculiar enough to attract George Washington’s wallet, died a rich man in 1805, long before the legacy of his estate would employ tens of thousands of laborers while making many men much richer than he. Continue reading…

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