Maryland

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Abbreviation MD
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Annapolis
Population 5,773,552
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile -- U.S. Census Bureau
Governor Martin O'Malley (Democrat, to January 2015)
Entered the Union April 28, 1788
as the 7th state
Motto Fatti maschii, parole femine (Manly deeds, womanly words)
Nickname The Free State, The Old Line State
Flower Black-eyed susan
Bird Baltimore Oriole
Song Maryland! My Maryland!
Professional Sports Teams Baltimore Ravens (Football); Baltimore Orioles (Baseball). Note: The Washington Redskins football team's home stadium is in Landover, Maryland.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name In honor of Henrietta Maria (Queen of Charles I of England)
Historical Sites Fort McHenry National Monument, Harpers Ferry and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Parks, Antietam National Battlefield
Points of Interest National Aquarium, US Naval Academy, Goddard Space Flight Center
Bordering States Maryland borders Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Flag Maryland's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Maryland from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

  • Maryland.gov
    http://www.maryland.gov/
    This is the official website for the State of Maryland.
  • Sailor - Maryland's Public Information Network
    http://www.sailor.lib.md.us/
    Here is the homepage for the Maryland State Library Agency.
  • Maryland Historical Society
    http://www.mdhs.org/
    Here is the homepage for the Maryland State Historical Society.
  • The Museum of the Maryland Historical Society
    http://www.mdhs.org/museum/collections
    Here is the homepage for the Maryland Historical Society Museum.
  • Maryland State Archives Museum & Outreach
    http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/educ/html/mww.html
    Check out this online posting of web publications, online exhibits, traveling exhibits, and speeches of note compiled by the Maryland State Archives.
  • Maryland State Archives
    http://msa.maryland.gov/
    Here is the homepage for the Maryland State Archives.
  • Maryland Park Service Home
    http://dnr2.maryland.gov/Publiclands/Pages/default.aspx
    Here is information about Maryland State Parks.
  • Maryland at a Glance - Parks
    http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/parks.html
    Here is a listing of Maryland's State Parks compiled by the Maryland State Archives.
  • Visit Maryland
    http://visitmaryland.org/
    Here is the official state tourism website for Maryland.
  • The Maryland Kids Page
    http://www.mdkidspage.org/
    Here is the official Maryland kids' site with information about history, state facts, interesting links, word scrambles, and even a look at the Maryland holiday tree.

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Maryland
    http://www.50states.com/maryland.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about Maryland. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Maryland
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/MD/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Maryland's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Maryland Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/md
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Maryland
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/24000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Maryland.
  • The state boat of Maryland is the Skipjack, state tree is the White oak, state crustacean is the Maryland Blue Crab, state dog is the Ch esapeake Bay retriever, state insect is the Baltimore checkerspot butterfly, and the state sport is Jousting.
  • Maryland was inhabited by Indians as early as ca. 10,000 B.C. Permanent Indian villages were established by ca. 1000 A.D.
  • Captain John Smith explored Chesapeake Bay in 1608.
  • Frederick Douglass (1817 - 1895), abolitionist leader who was born a slave in Maryland.
  • Johns Hopkins (1795 - 1873), merchant, banker, and philanthropist, who founded the hospital and university that bear his name.
  • Thurgood Marshall (1908 - ), first African-American justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849), author, poet, short-story writer.
  • Upton Beall Sinclair (1878 - 1968), writer, social critic, author of the novel The Jungle, whose revelations led to reforms in the meat-packing industry.
  • Harriet Tubman (1821 - 1913), born a slave in Maryland, but gained freedom and became organizer of the Underground Railroad.