[City Seal, Baltimore, Maryland] Origin: As a municipality within Baltimore County, Baltimore City was incorporated in 1796 by legislation that took effect in 1797 (Chapter 68, Acts of 1796; Chapter 54, Acts of 1797). The City name was derived from the Proprietary's Irish Barony. As a governmental unit, the City separated from Baltimore County in 1851, and has been considered on a par with county jurisdictions since the adoption of the Maryland Constitution of 1851 (Constitution of 1851, Article I, secs. 1-3; Article II, sec. 5; Article III, secs. 2-4, 40, 42; Article IV, secs. 4, 8, 10-21, 27, 28; Article V, sec. 1; Article VII, secs. 2, 10; Article X, sec. 9; Code 1957, Art. 1, sec. 14).

Boundaries: Bounded north, east, & west by Baltimore County; south by Patapsco River & Anne Arundel County.

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Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2009. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


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U.S.S. Torsk (Historic Ships in Baltimore), Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland, June 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.

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    Cherry trees in blossom, Springlake Way, Homeland, Baltimore, Maryland, April 2000. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.

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