The flag of Maryland – the symbol of one of 50 US states.
The flag consists of the two famous Maryland’s families: the Calvert and Crossland families. The Calvert was the paternal family name of the founder of Maryland, Lord Baltimore. The colors of their emblem are black and gold depicted in the two squares of the flag. Crossland was the maternal family name of Lord Baltimore. This was the name of the mother of George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore. Their colors are red and white. They are depicted on the other two squares of the flag with a cross in the middle. Maryland was established as a British colony in 1634 by the second Lord Baltimore, Cecil Calvert.
The flag of Maryland was officially approved in 1904. Before this year it was used on the number of occasions, such as the parade on the 150th anniversary of establishing Baltimore in1880, and at some ceremonies in 1888. The affiliation of red-and-white colors to the Crossland family has been disputed for many years.
Total area:32,131 km2
Formation:28. 4. 1788