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Many people hear the word Maryland, and think instantly of those delicious Chesapeake Bay crabs that the state is famous for. Delectable, yes - but the state has much, much more to offer!
For instance, Maryland's capital city, Annapolis, is a charming, historic city lined with cobblestone streets, great restaurants, and genteel brick buildings. There's also Baltimore to explore, along with numerous charming small towns along the shore. The state also boasts several civil war sites, including the Antietam battlefield, which should tempt history buffs. Maryland was named to honor Henrietta Maria, the wife of England's King Charles I, which reminds you that Maryland goes way back - it was the 7th state to join the Union.
The state flower is the black-eyed Susan, and the official song is "Maryland, My Maryland." Nicknamed the "Old Line State," and the "Free State," the state motto is "Fatti Maschii Parole Femine," which means "Manly Deeds, Womanly Words.