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The state of Maryland was named after Henrietta Maria of France, the queen consort of England, Scotland, and Ireland as the wife of King Charles I
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Maryland is the only state in the United States whose judges wear red robes.

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Mayland-born Francis Scott Key penned America's national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” with the inspiration showered by the American flag still waving after Britain’s navy attacked Fort McHenry at Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812
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The electrical telegraph was developed and patented in the United States in 1837 by Samuel Morse. His assistant, Alfred Vail, developed the Morse code signalling alphabet with Morse. In 1844, Morse sent the message "WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT" from the Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the old Mt. Clare Depot in Baltimore, Maryland
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The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation's capitol. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783, to August 13, 1784. During that time, George Washington came before Congress to resign his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, marking the end of the Revolutionary War.
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King Williams School opened in 1696 it was the first school in the United States.

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Maryland State flag is the only state flag in the United States to be based on English heraldry. The design is taken from the "escutcheon" or "shield," in the first Lord Baltimore's Seal, dating from the 1630s. Black and gold quarters are the arms of Lord Baltimore's family, the Calverts. Red and white quarters are those of his mother's family, the Crosslands.
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Maryland is commonly referred to as “America in Miniature” and sometimes “Little America” because it’s home to some of the widest variety of terrain from mountains and farmland to beaches and sand dunes, also enjoying all four seasons.
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Maryland is one of two states which gave up some of its land to help build the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C in 1790.
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Annapolis, Maryland served as US capital from November 26, 1783 to August 19, 1784. Baltimore, Maryland served as the US capital from December 20, 1776 to February 27, 1777
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The first dental school in USA was opened for public at the University Of Maryland.
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The major source of the Chesapeake Bay is the Susquehanna River. It is now the largest non-navigable river in North America, but 20,000 years ago the Susquehanna flowed all the way from upstate New York to the Atlantic Ocean. Ten thousand years ago, melting glacier ice caused the Atlantic to rise and push up into the Susquehanna; overflowing its banks and creating the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay is a drowned river bed of the Susquehanna River and also an estuary, where fresh and salt water mingle. The area of land and rivers from Cooperstown, New York to Virginia is called the "watershed" or "drainage area" of the Bay.
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The Mason-Dixon line was drawn between Pennsylvania and Maryland in the 1760s to end a border dispute. The line is traditionally thought of as the division between America's North and South.
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William Goddard inaugurated the first Post Office system in the United States in Baltimore in 1774.
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Dr. Florence Rina Sabin of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore became the first female professor of medicine in 1901
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Annapolis is known as the sailing capital of the world. The United States Naval Academy was founded on October 10, 1845 at Annapolis.
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America's first umbrellas were produced in Baltimore, beginning in 1828.
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Kunta Kinte, the slave ancestor of Roots author Alex Haley, arrived in Annapolis in 1767. This is now commemorated at the City Dock by a plaque and statue of Haley.
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Maryland's Mount Clare Station, built in Baltimore in 1830, was the first railroad station in the United States.
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The state sport of Maryland is jousting, a competition between two armored contestants mounted on horses in which each tries to strike the other with a lance. The sport has been enjoyed in Maryland for 300 years.
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Maryland was the hometown of the Babe and the Raven: Baseball great Babe Ruth and Edgar Allen Poe lived there. Poe is also buried in Baltimore's Westminster Cemetery.
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Maryland is called the "Old Line State" and "Free State. "The Old Line nickname was given during the Revolutionary War, when 400 soldiers in the First Maryland Regiment fought a British force of 10,000 and helped General George Washington's army to escape. Washington depended on the Maryland Line throughout the war, and the soldiers' discipline and bravery earned Maryland its nickname. The name "Free State" was given in 1919, when Congress passed a law prohibiting the sale and use of alcohol. Marylanders opposed prohibition because they believed it violated their state's rights. The "Free State" nickname also represents Maryland's long tradition of political freedom and religious tolerance.