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Home of the U.S. Naval Academy

Annapolis the capital of Maryland made its wealth through the slave trade. It was a settlement that was named Providence in the Province of Maryland. It was founded on the Severn River. The settlers were Puritan exiles led by Governor William Stone in 1649 who came from Virginia.

After several uprisings Sir Francis Nicholson had the capital of the royal colony moved to Anne Arundel’s Towne and re-named it Annapolis after Princess Anne who became the Queen of Great Britain. The city was incorporated in 1708.

From the middle of the 18th century until the American Revolution broke out Annapolis has a wealthy and cultivated society. In 1745 Jonas Green founded The Maryland Gazette and it became an important weekly journal. The city’s chief industries became oyster-packing, boat building, and sailmaking.

Annapolis has many streets from colonial days named after British royalty. There are lovely homes built in the 18th century. It is home to the U.S. Naval Academy founded in 1845.

In the summer of 1984, The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium hosted soccer games as part of the Games of the XXIII Olympiad.  During September 18-19 Hurricane Isabel damaged much of the city. As a result, downtown was flooded and many homes and businesses were damaged.

Annapolis celebrated the 300th Anniversary of its 1708 Royal Charter from mid-2007 through December 2008. The charter established democratic self-governance.

Today Annapolis is a lovely city on the Chesapeake Bay.


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