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Maryland has forty-seven operational State parks, including 7 parks with waterfront areas, covering 90,239 acres; 15 State-owned lakes and ponds open to public fishing; 9 State forests and portions of 15 State parks open to public hunting; 36 wildlife management areas, covering 88,348 acres, open to public hunting; 6 natural environment areas containing 7,676 acres.
Maryland possesses a great variety of topography, hence its nickname, "America in Miniature." It ranges from sandy dunes dotted with seagrass in the east, to low marshlands teeming with wildlife and large bald cypress near the bay, to gently rolling hills of oak forest in the Piedmont Region, and pine groves in the mountains to the west.
Maryland is a life sciences hub with over 350 biotechnology firms, making it the third-largest such cluster in the nation. The National Institute of Standards and Technology gave Gaithersburg the designation Science Capital of the United States when the Bureau moved to the area in 1961.
The Maryland flag is the only State Flag in the United States that is designed using the founding families Coat of Arms. The Maryland flag contains the family crest of the Calvert and Crossland families. Maryland was founded as an English colony in 1634 by Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore. The charter that Lord Baltimore received from King Charles I of England specified a name for the new colony. It was to be called Maryland to honor King Charles wife Queen Henrietta Maria (Queen Mary).The black and Gold designs belong to the Calvert family. The red and white design belongs to the Crossland family. The flag was adopted 1904.
The United States Naval Academy was founded on October 10, 1845 at Annapolis. Francis Scott Key wrote The Star-Spangled Banner after seeing the flag still waving during a battle in 1814. Since May 30th, 1949 the United States flag has flown continuously over the monument marking the site of Francis Scott Key's birthplace. The flag flies at Terra Rubra Farm, Carroll County, Keymar, Maryland as mandated by a Joint Resolution of Congress.
In 1844 the first telegraph line in the world was established between Washington and Baltimore. On June 24,1784, in Baltimore, 13-year old Edward Warren went airborne in the first successful manned balloon launch in the United States.
Annapolis is known as the sailing capital of the world. Tilghman Island is home to the Skipjacks, the only commercial sailing fleet in North America. Annapolis was known as the Athens of America during the seventeenth century and once served as the capital of the United States.
Samuel F.B. Morse reportedly received the first telegraph message in Bladensburg, in 1844, before his famous "What Hath God Wrought" message between Baltimore and Washington. His telegraph wire had been strung along the railroad right of way. Ezra Cornell, founder of Cornell University, lived in Bladensburg and is said to have invented the telegraph pole.
Clara Barton National Historic Site commemorates the life of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. The house in Glen Echo served as her home and headquarters for the American Red Cross and a warehouse for disaster relief supplies.
Maryland is a great place to live, and can be the complete vacation experience.