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Thomas Cresap



Born ca. 1694 in Skipton, Yorkshire in England, Cresap came to America around 1710. Cresap was an early explorer of western Maryland and frontier trader. In the mid-eighteenth century he scouted out what eventually became Braddock's Road, a forerunner of the National Road. In 1752, he and Christopher Gist teamed up with a Native American named Nemcolin. The threesome explored existing Native American trails in Maryland and Pennsylvania and carved a pathway into the western frontier. The trail they blazed became to be known as Nemacolin's Trail.

Cresap died at his frontier home on January 31, 1787, in Oldtown, Maryland.

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