Pathways to Freedom: Maryland and the Underground Railroad
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What happened if a slave was caught while he or she was trying to escape?

If a slave was caught trying to escape, the punishment could be very severe. Often runaways would be sold "south." That means that they were sold to someone who lived much further south than Maryland, where it would be harder to run away because the distance to the North was so much greater.

Other times, runaways would be beaten and forced to do exceptionally hard work. Sometimes they were sold to a different owner who lived nearby. Sometimes they were simply taken back to their master and returned to work. Often, slaves who failed to escape the first time tried again and succeeded.

Do we know where all the Underground Railroad routes and stations were?

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