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In 1629, George Calvert, 1st Lord Baltimore in the Irish House of Lords
applied to Charles I for a new royal charter for what was to become the Province of Maryland. Calvert's interest
in creating a colony derived from his Catholicism and his desire for the creation of a haven for Catholics in the
new world. George Calvert died in April 1632, but a charter for "Maryland Colony" was granted to his
son, Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Lord Baltimore, on June 20, 1632. The new colony was named in honor of Henrietta
Maria, Queen Consort of Charles I.
On March 25, 1634, Lord Baltimore sent the first settlers into this area, which would soon become one of the few
predominantly Catholic regions in the British Empire. The Maryland Toleration Act of 1649 was one of the first
laws that explicitly dictated religious tolerance (as long as it was Christian).
The royal charter granted Maryland the Potomac River and territory northward to the fortieth parallel. This proved
a problem, because the northern boundary would put Philadelphia, the major city in Pennsylvania, partially within
Maryland, resulting in conflict between the Calvert family, which controlled Maryland, and the Penn family, which
controlled Pennsylvania. This lead to the Cresap's War (also known as the Conojocular War), a border conflict between
Pennsylvania and Maryland, fought in the 1730s. The armed phase of the conflict ended in May 1738 with the intervention
of King George II, who compelled the negotiation of a cease-fire. A final settlement was not achieved until 1767,
when the Mason-Dixon Line was recognized as the permanent boundary between the two colonies.
Most of the population of Maryland lives in the central region of
the state, in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area and Washington Metropolitan Area. The Eastern Shore is less populous
and more rural, as are the counties of western and southern Maryland.
The Old Line State - The Old
Line nickname was given during the Revolutionary War, when 400 soldiers in the First Maryland Regiment fought a
British force of 10,000 and helped General George Washington's army to escape. Washington depended on the Maryland
Line throughout the war, and the soldiers' discipline and bravery earned Maryland its nickname.
The Free State - The
name "Free State" was given in 1919, when Congress passed a law prohibiting the sale and use of alcohol.
Marylanders opposed prohibition because they believed it violated their state's rights. The "Free State"
nickname also represents Maryland's long tradition of political freedom and religious tolerance.
The Capital of Maryland is Annapolis
The largest city is Baltimore, which is NOT in Baltimore County - it is its own county.
A Resident is a "Marylander"