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Maryland
Date Issued: 1988-02-15
Postage Value: 22 cents

Commemorative issue
Constitution ratification bicentennial
Maryland

Maryland was a crown colony between 1692-1715. During this period, the Church of England was the official religion and the capital was moved to Annapolis in 1694. During the Revolutionary period, Maryland was one of the first to repudiate the Stamp Act of 1765. In its own version of a "tea party," Marylanders of the Chestertown area burned the tea-carrying ship Peggy Stewart in Annapolis harbor in 1774. On July 3, 1776, the state disavowed its allegiance to the king and four months later was the first of the former colonies to adopt a state constitution. No battles of the Revolutionary War took place within Maryland, which became the seventh state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.



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