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Population: 5,884,563 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Baltimore, Columbia, Germantown, Silver Spring, Waldorf
Borders: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C, Atlantic Ocean
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $317,678 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including nursery plants, flowers, dairy products, fishing, corn, and poultry
Transportation, aerospace, biotechnology, healthcare, electronics equipment, and chemicals
How Maryland got its name: Maryland was named after Queen Henrietta Maria (Queen Mary) the wife of Britain's King Charles I.
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Maryland State Symbols
State Nickname: Old Line State
State Slogan: (formerly) America in Miniature; (formerly) More Than You Can Imagine
State Motto: Fatti maschii, parole femine (Manly deeds, womanly words)
State flower: Black-eyed Susan
State bird: Baltimore Oriole
State fish: Rockfish
State tree: White Oak
State mammal: Thoroughbred horse, Chesapeake Bay Retriever
State foods: Blue Crabs
Becoming a State
Date admitted: Monday, April 28, 1788
Number admitted: 7
Prior Name: Province of Maryland, then sovereign state in Confederation
Postal Abbreviation: MD
The Geography of Maryland
Total Size: 9,774 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point: Atlantic Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: Backbone Mtn. at 3,360 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Garrett (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Central Point: Located in Prince George's County approx. 4 1/2 miles northwest of Davidsonville (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 24 (source: National Association of Counties)
Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, Lake Oakland
- John Wilkes Booth - Assassin of President Abraham Lincoln
- Frederick Douglass - Civil rights activist
- Kevin Durant - NBA basketball player
- Matthew Henson - Explorer who went to the North Pole
- Francis Scott Key - Wrote the U.S. national anthem The Star-Spangled Banner
- Thurgood Marshall - First African-American justice of the Supreme Court
- Michael Phelps - Olympic swimmer and gold medalist
- Cal Ripken Jr. - Baseball player
- Babe Ruth - Baseball player
- Pete Sampras - Tennis player
- Harriet Tubman - Civil rights activist
- The U.S. Naval Academy is located in Annapolis, Maryland.
- Even though Maryland is a small state it has great skiing resorts AND beach resorts.
- Maryland was named after Queen Henrietta Maria of England.
- The National Aquarium is located in Baltimore, Maryland.
- The nickname the Old Line State comes from George Washington referring to the bravery of the Maryland troops during the Revolutionary War. Two other nicknames for the state are the Chesapeake State and the Free State.
- The first successful manned balloon launch in the US was in Baltimore. The rider was a 13 year old boy named Edward Warren.
- The refrigerator was invented in Baltimore by Thomas Moore in 1803.
- The first school in the United States was the King William's School. It opened in 1696.
- Baseball players Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Jr. were both born in Maryland.
- Annapolis was the capital of the United States for a short while after the signing of the Treaty of Paris.
Professional Sports Teams
- Baltimore Ravens - NFL (football)
- Baltimore Orioles - MLB (baseball)
- Chesapeake Bayhawks - MLL (lacrosse)
- Washington Redskins - NFL (football)
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