Why Has Baltimore, Maryland Been an Important Port City On the Chesapeake Bay For More Than 300 Years?

Its central location has kept Baltimore, Maryland, an active port city on the Chesapeake Bay for more than 300 years.

Baltimore is closer to the American Midwest than any other East Coast port, and it is just an overnight drive for a third of the U.S. population.

Oceangoing ships can reach the port of Baltimore from the Atlantic Ocean in two ways: through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in Cecil County, or through the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay between the Virginia capes.

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