The State of Maryland is situated in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America.With the total land area of 12,407 square miles, it is the 42nd largest and the 19th most populous state in the U.S. It became the 7th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on April 28, 1788. The state capital is Annapolis.
Maryland is known for several nicknames. The most popular ones are: the “Old Line State”, in honour of the Maryland Line, the troops who fought courageously at the “Battle of Long Island” during the Revolutionary War in 1776; the “Free State” and “America in Miniature” due to its diverse climates and natural terrains.
The Province of Maryland was a royal charter granted to George Calvert, 1st Baron of Baltimore’s son, Cecil Calvert, 2nd Baron of Baltimore from King Charles I of England in 1632. Maryland was named after in honour for the King’s wife, Queen Henrietta Maria of France.
During the war of 1812, the poet Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Navy. The successful defence of the fort in this battle inspired him to write the lyrics to “The Star Spangled Banner”, and become the national anthem of the United States.
Our stay in Maryland was only very short. Before we headed to Washington D.C. from Philadelphia, PA, we had a hour stopover at the Inner Harbour in Baltimore, the state’s largest city.
The Inner Harbour has been an important thoroughfare in Baltimore since the early 18th century and now it has been considered as a landmark that attracts many tourists.