Maryland State Geography

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Population (1994): 5,006,000 (18th in size)

State size: 10,460 square miles (42nd in size)

State Capital: Annapolis (named after Queen Anne of England)

Major cities: Annapolis, Baltimore, Dundalk, Silver Spring, Towson and Wheaton

Admission to union: The 7th State

Date entered the union: April 28, 1788

Origin of state name: Named after Queen Henrietta Maria, the wife of King Charles I of England.

Nicknames: The Old Line State

Bordering states: Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania, with the Atlantic Ocean on the east.

State bird: Baltimore Oriole

State flower: Black-eyed Susan

State tree: White Oak

Motto: Manly Deeds, Womanly Words


Geographic Landmarks

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Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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  Major industries include fishing and agriculture such dairy, poultry and vegetable farming. Other industries include manufacturing and food processing. Baltimore is one of the busiest ports in the U.S. and Annapolis is the location of the U.S. Naval Academy.


Historical Highlights

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  First explored by Captain John Smith in 1608, and colonized by the British in 1634.


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Maryland

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Maryland State Government home page

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