A Glance at Maryland
The seventh state to accept the US Constitution, it is the nation’s wealthiest state as of the latest poll, and the nations 5th most densely populated state. Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and our nation’s capital border the state. The state capital is Annapolis, and the largest city is Baltimore. The state is a treasure chest filled with rich heritage and history.
A Violent Past
Before the Revolutionary War, Maryland suffered through an armed conflict that became known as Cresap’s War, which was a dispute over borders between Pennsylvania and Maryland. The conflict only last a couple of years, and was soon squashed by King George II of England in 1738. Surprisingly enough, this is not a well known fact for many.
After the Revolutionary War, Maryland again became the target of conflict, this time by the British during the War of 1812. During this war, the Port of Baltimore was attacked by British forces in an attempt to capture the port city. Fort McHenry, which was made famous by the writing of our national anthem by Francis Scott Key during this battle, was the only thing that stood in the way of the British, and the valiant soldiers there successfully defended the port.
Then, during the American Civil War, Maryland again saw conflict. In fact, the first bloodshed reportedly happened in Baltimore when Union troops were ordered by Abraham Lincoln to march through the city, where they were attacked by a violent, rioting mob.
Today, Maryland is a land of peace, for the most part. Baltimore is one of the largest ports along the Atlantic coast, and is a main importer of iron ore, petroleum (oil), and fertilizers. The state is also a major exporter of produce and fresh seafood, particularly to the mid-west.
“Family businesses aren’t a sure thing. Some last for many decades, while others disintegrate when the second or third generation members take the helm. One family business that’s gaining strength as the years go by is the diamond business of the Samuelson family of Baltimore, Maryland.” – Samuelson’s Diamonds est. 1922 by Milton Samuelson.
So remember, the next time you are in the city of Baltimore, be sure to check out the downtown areas. You are sure to have a great time! Also, if you are looking for a Baltimore jewelry store that sells diamond engagement rings, diamond studs/earrings, wedding bands, Seiko watches, Citizen watches, gold, platinum, silver jewelry be sure to swing by Samuelson’s Diamonds, which is located in the downtown area.
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