MARYLAND - Baltimore is in Maryland, considered the Mid-Atlantic state capital, with coastlines on the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. It is also the state's largest city. It has a long history as a major seaport.
Baltimore, Maryland - Capital of the Mid-Atlantic States
In the late eighteenth century, the area near Locust Point was made a port of entry for the tobacco trade. After the Revolution, the United States government designated Baltimore as the new national capital and remained in this position for two years. Baltimore became one of the nation's leading shipbuilding centers in the early nineteenth century. It also served as a transit point for overland pioneers.
The city is home to numerous higher learning institutions. Some of the most famous include the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and St. Mary's Seminary and University.
There are also several museums devoted to African-American history and culture in Baltimore. A prominent member of this community is Thurgood Marshall, the first black American to serve as a Supreme Court justice.
There is a wide range of sports in the city. There are baseball teams, like the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, and professional football teams. There is an extensive public transportation system. The city is also home to the National Aquarium.
Many of the buildings in the city date from the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The streets are lined with Formstone-faced rowhouses. There are also thousands of historic brick buildings.