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Maryland

Welcome to Maryland and a brief overview of The Old Line State.

Maryland is located on the Atlantic Coast, near the middle latitudes of the 48 "conterminous" states. It lies in the northeast corner of the Southern States. Maryland extends from the Delmarva ("Del"aware + "Mar"yland + "V"irgini"a") Peninsula, west along the southern boundary of Pennsylvania. It is bordered on the north by Pennsylvania and on the south by West Virginia and Virginia. Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean border Maryland on the east, and West Virginia and Virginia border Maryland on the west.

Washington, D.C. is cut out of a section of Maryland on the north bank of the Potomac River.

Maryland among the states

  • Statehood: April 28, 1788 (7th state)
  • Abbreviation: Md. (traditional), MD (postal)
  • Capital: Annapolis.
  • Size: 10,460 square miles, includes inland water (42nd)
  • Coastline: 31 miles.
  • Italian motto: Fatti maschii parole femine (Strong deeds, gentle words)
  • State bird: Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) adopted 1947.
  • State flower: Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) adopted 1918.
  • State song: "Maryland, My Maryland", words by James Ryder Randall, adopted 1939.
  • State tree: White oak (Quercus alba) adopted 1941.


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