You know what the largest island in the Chesapeake Bay is?
It's Kent Island!
You know what the first English settlement In Maryland is?
It was Kent Fort established in 1631 at the south end of Kent Island!
Prior to European colonization native Americans inhabited Kent Island for 12,000 years including members of the Mattapeake tribe and the Algonquin Nation.
Captain John Smith was among the explorers of Kent Island in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Kent Island was made most accessible to the western shore in 1952 when the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was built in 1952. A second span was added in 1973.
Now considered a suburb of Washington DC and Baltimore Kent island is home to over 16,000 residents (year 2000 census). It is comprised primarily of the towns of Stevensville and Chester.