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Did you know that the state of Maryland is situated in the Mid-Atlantic area of America? Did you know that the state insect emblem is the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly? Did you know that Maryland is the 7th state of the U.S. constitution? Read our facts sheet to find out more - why not watch the free entertaining video and learn about the US States the easy way!

Fun Fact 1: The name Maryland was adopted in honor of the wife of English King Charles I; her name was Queen Henrietta Maria (known as Queen Mary)

Fun Fact 2: The state flag of Maryland is unique as it is the only US state flag that is based on English heraldic design. The state flag consists of two coats of arms diagonally situated; both coats of arms relate to the Calvert family. The Maryland colony was founded by Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, and the coats of arms represent his parent's ancestry. The gold and black design is the heraldic banner of Cecilius Calvert's father, George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore. The red and white design the heraldic banner of Cecilius Calvert's mother - the Crossland family coat of arms. The state flag was officially adopted on March 9, 1904

Fun Fact 3: The Capital city is Annapolis. Did you know that after the Treaty of Paris in was signed in 1783 Annapolis became short-term capital of the United States (From November 26, 1783 - June 3, 1784)?

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 32,133 square kilometers or 12,407 square miles

Fun Fact 5: There are four states that border Maryland they are; Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania

Fun Fact 6: The state nickname is The Old Line State.  The state was named by George Washington in recognition of the Maryland soldiers who fought the Revolutionary War. Maryland was the only state that had standard 'of the line' troops; the soldiers were considered to be one of the finest of regiments

Fun Fact 7: The state bird symbol of Maryland is the Baltimore Oriole

Fun Fact 8: The official State Song is "Maryland, My Maryland" it was written by James R. Randall

Fun Fact 9: The three largest cities in Maryland are Baltimore, Frederick and Gaithersburg

Fun Fact 10: The State Motto is "Fatti maschii parole femine" the motto translated reads "Strong deeds, Gentle words"

Fun Fact 11: A brief history of Maryland - The region was originally colonised as a place of refuge for English Roman Catholics. The first Toleration Act in American history was passed by Maryland congress in 1649. Maryland was the 7th State to be admitted to the Constitution on April 28, 1788

Fun Fact 12: The abbreviation letters for the state are - Md. The Postal Code abbreviation is - MD

Fun Fact 13: Legendary baseball player Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore, MD, on February 6, 1895.  Babe Ruth was once named as "The Greatest baseball player of all time"

Fun Fact 14: Famous American author and poet Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore, Maryland on October 7, 1849. Edgar Allan Poe was 40 years of age when he died

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of Maryland in 2012 was an estimated 5,884,563. This compares to a population of 1,188,044 in the 1900 census

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