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In 1650, Anne Arundel County become the third county establish in the state of Maryland. The county was named after Thomas Arundell’s daughter, Anne Arundell who past in the year 1649. They were members of the ancient family of Arundells in Cornwall, England. In 1694 the capital of Maryland was moved from St. Mary’s County to Anne Arundel County. As of today, the capital of Maryland is Annapolis. Prior to 1694 that area was known as Providence. With the move of the capital came the name change.
Anne Arundel County has a total of 587.90 square miles. 415.94 square miles of Anne Arundel County is land and 171.96 square miles is water. This makes Anne Arundel County 70.75% land and 29.25% water. It is located on the western side of the Chesapeake Bay.
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), is housed is Anne Arundel county and is the main airport for the greater Baltimore area. The East Coast hub for Southwest Airlines is BWI airport. This means that direct flights are typically offered between BWI and much of the country. The Maryland Transit Administration’s light rail system connects downtown Baltimore with BWI airport. Also, the MARC commuter rail, Amtrak, the Laurel-based Connect-a-ride, and the Howard Transit all have routes that serves BWI.
Interstate 97 is Anne Arundel County’s main-line interstate. I-97 is contained completely within Anne Arundel County. I-695 runs through the northern part of Anne Arundel County. I-895 runs through the county toward the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. I-195 is used for serve to BWI airport. Maryland State Highway 100 runs east to west of Anne Arundel County.
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