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Maryland is a state geographically located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America. It borders West Virginia, Washington D.C, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. It is named after Henrietta Maria of France, the wife of Charles I of England. The capital is Annapolis with Baltimore as the largest city. See the fact file below for more information about the state of Maryland or download our entire worksheet bundle to teach in the home or classroom environment.
• The state of Maryland is considered as one of the smallest states in America yet densely populated with 6 million residents as estimated in 2015, inhabiting 12,406.68 square miles total area.
• By the end of 15th century, John Cabot a Venetian explorer sailed the coast of the present day Worcester County. In 1634, the English made their first settlement in the now city of St. Mary after King Charles I of England named the territory after his wife.
• In 1645, Richard Ingle an English tobacco trader led a rebellion known as the Ingle’s Rebellion against the propriety government.
• The Maryland Christians were granted the religious freedom through the Act of Religious Toleration after the Puritans of Virginia was invited in 1649. Maryland was then considered as the birthplace of religious freedom in America. The irony of this was seen after 15 years when a law was passed allowing slavery for life. At the end of 17th century it became a royal colony and Annapolis as the capital.
• In 1766, after the organization of the Sons of Liberty by the Thirteen Colonies, the non-importation of British goods was adapted by the merchants in Maryland along with the opposition to the Stamp Act. The Declaration of Independence soon followed wherein 4 Marylanders signed under. It became the 7th state of the union in 1788. In less than a decade, the importation of slaves for sale was prohibited allowing voluntary emancipation. Harriet Tubman, a leading abolitionist started rescuing other slaves in 1849 before it was abolished 15 years later.
• In 1861, the American Civil War broke out during President Abraham Lincoln’s liberal term. The Confederates at Antietam were defeated with 22,800 casualties wherein 4,800 deaths and 18,000 wounded.
• Four years later, John Wilkes Booth, a theater actor and a native of Maryland assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at the Ford’s Theatre. He opposed the abolition of slavery making him a conspirator in planning to initially kidnap the president. After 12 days of the murder incident he was tracked down and got killed upon refusal to go with the authorities in charge.
• During the 1920s, women were granted the right to vote followed immediately by the election of the first woman at the House of Delegates in the name of Mary E.W Risteau.
• In 1942, a year after the bombing of the Japanese in Pearl Harbor destroying USS Maryland, the Blacks in Baltimore pushed for the representation in the public school board and they were granted desegregation 7 years after. While in 1967, Thurgood Marshall of Baltimore was named as the first African-American Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
• By the 21st century, Maryland is known for the manufacturing industries including food, electronics, metal, and chemicals. Baltimore as the site of John Hopkins University and Hospital, and Annapolis where the U.S Naval Academy can be found. Some of its state symbols are Baltimore oriole (state bird), black-eyed Susan (state flower), white oak (state tree), and checker spot butterfly (state insect.
Became a State
April 28, 1788 (7th)
southern United States
12,407 sq. miles (42nd)
Baltimore, Annapolis, Bethesda, Cumberland
commercial fishing, cucumbers, watermelons, sweet corn, tomatoes, musk melons, squash, peas, tobacco, mining
humid subtropical: hot, humid summers and short, mild to cool winters
averages 42 inches
Professional Sports Teams
Baltimore Ravens (National Football League)
Washington Redskins (National Football League)
Baltimore Orioles (Major League Baseball)
Chesapeake Bay, Delaware River, Atlantic Ocean
Most Famous Citizens
Samuel Chase (Supreme Court Justice)
Billie Holiday (singer)
Francis Scott Key (lawyer, poet)
Thurgood Marshall (Supreme Court Justice)
Babe Ruth (baseball player)
Upton Sinclair (author)
Harriet Tubman (abolitionist)
Leon Uris (author)
Bird – Baltimore Oriole
Flower – Black-Eyed Susan
Animal – Chesapeake Bay Retriever (Dog)
Tree – White Oak
Insect – Checkerspot Butterfly
This bundle contains 9 ready-to-use Maryland Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Maryland which is a state geographically located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America. It borders West Virginia, Washington D.C, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. It is named after Henrietta Maria of France, the wife of Charles I of England.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Maryland Facts
- Picturing the Past
- Beautiful Maryland
- Antietam’s Struggle
- Famous Citizens
- Professional Sports Teams
- Active Athletes
- Maryland Counties Wordfind
- State Symbols
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