Chesapeake in History

Historical Events

  • 1632-06-20 Britain grants 2nd Lord Baltimore rights to Chesapeake Bay area
  • 1781-08-30 French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes in American Revolutionary War
  • 1829-10-17 Delaware River & Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opens
  • 1964-04-15 Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens (world's longest)
  • 1964-05-21 1st nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations (Chesapeake Bay)