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Located on the northern border of Washington, DC, the nation's capital, Maryland houses more than 350 biotechnology firms, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and US Food and Drug Administration. Maryland is also a hub for the nation's health care technology. During their free time, students can enjoy Maryland's seafood, beaches, and numerous historic sites.
Maryland is one of the original 13 states to join the Union (in 1788). Maryland is located in the middle of the Eastern Seaboard. It's believed that Lord Baltimore, who received a charter for the land in 1632, named the state after Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I. The Mason and Dixon line was drawn in the 1760s to settle a dispute between the Penn and Calvert families. In addition to marking the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland, it is the traditional boundary between the North and the South. Maryland is known as the "Free State"; its state fish is the rockfish - striped bass (Morone saxatilis) ; and its capital is Annapolis, home of the US Naval Academy.
Maryland State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Maryland state facts such as Maryland state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Maryland, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots. These types of state directories are designed to help children learn, and are often used by children in the public and private education system as well as home schooled children.
Maryland State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
Symbol Name - (Species)
(Callinectes sapidus Rathbun)
|Dessert||Smith Island Cake|
|Dog||Chesapeake Bay Retriever
|Fish||Rockfish - Striped Bass
|Flower||The Black-Eyed Susan
|Folk Dance||Square Dance|
|Fossil Shell||Extinct Snail
(Ecphora gardnerae gardnerae)
|Gem||Patuxent River Stone|
|Insect||Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly
|Motto||Fatti maschii parole femine
(manly deeds, womanly words" or "strong deeds, gentle words)
|Quarter||Maryland State Quarter|
|Song||"Maryland, My Maryland,"
Written by James Ryder Randall
|Summer Theatre||Olney Theatre|
(Fagaceae Quercus alba)