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by Bethany J.

The Maryland state seal is an official symbol. This seal is a metal stamp. The first Maryland seal was brought to America with the first Maryland settlers in 1634. It became lost in 1643. Another was sent from England shortly after. The seal is used by the governor and secretary of state to make papers legal for acts of the general assembly and for other official purposes. The state seal was adopted in 1876. The front shows Lord Baltimore as a knight. On the back the farmer represents Lord Baltimore's New Foundland colony. The fisherman and the farmer are holding the Calvert's family crest. Around the edges is written TVE COROHASTI SON 1632 SCVTO BONE VOLVNTATIS.