Maryland is one of the original 13
states to join the Union. 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". The Chesapeake Bay has played an
important role in the history and culture of the state of
Maryland. Chesapeake Bay fishermen, or watermen, have harvested
the waters for crabs, oysters, clams, and fish for many
generations. Marylanders love their crab and eat them by the
bushel at crab houses. These restaurants cover their tables with
brown paper, unload a bushel of crabs on the table and provide
knives and mallets for customers to pry the crabs open.
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