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Maryland & Chesapeake

“Now, That the aforesaid Region, thus by us granted and described, may be eminently distinguished above all other Regions […] that We […] have thought fit that the said Region and Islands be erected into a Province […] We do, for Ifs’ our Heirs and Successors, erect and incorporate the same into a Province, and nominate the same Maryland, by which Name We will that it shall from henceforth be called.” — The Charter of Maryland : 1632