By Fran Lane

Maryland has a rich, cultural history loaded with fun facts. Check out some of them…

Maryland was named in honor of Henrietta Maria, the wife of King Charles I, by a grateful Cecilius (Cecil) Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, who was granted a charter for the land in 1632.

Maryland is one of seven states with a state dinosaur, the Astrodon.

During the 1800s, Baltimore was the second greatest port of entry by immigrants to the USA.

Both the 1988 and 2007 releases of Hairspray were filmed in Baltimore.

The first school on American soil was the King Williams School of Maryland, opened in 1696.

Maryland’s Native American population had been mostly extinguished or pushed westward by about 1700. All that remains from their centuries of habitation are campsite artifacts, still being unearthed; some notable bayside oyster middens; and place-names corrupted by uncomprehending whites, such as Chesapeake, Patapsco, Potomac, Wicomico, Patuxent, Piscataway, and Susquehanna.

One of the original 13 states, Maryland lies at the center of the Eastern Seaboard, amid the great commercial and population complex that stretches from Maine to Virginia. Its small size belies the great diversity of its landscapes and of the ways of life that they foster, from the low-lying and water-oriented Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay area, through the metropolitan hurly-burly of Baltimore, its largest city, to the forested Appalachian foothills and mountains of its western reaches.


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