Maryland’s Capital, Annapolis, was founded in the mid-1600s. It’s a small city, which is part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, and has a population of about 36,000 people. You can find Annapolis located at the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay on the Severn River. How well do you know Annapolis? The following five facts about Annapolis may surprise you:
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1. Four of the 56 signatures found on the Declaration of Independence came from residents of Annapolis, Maryland: William Paca, Samuel Chase, Charles Carroll, and Thomas Stone.
2. Annapolis is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use.
It was also the capital of the fledgling United States in 1783 and 1784 where the Continental Congress would meet. This is also where the Treaty of Paris, the document that officially ended the American Revolutionary War, was signed.
3. Two major universities are located in Annapolis. St. John’s College focuses its curriculum upon studying the classics. Annapolis is also home to the U.S. Naval Academy, which opened in 1845. The Naval Academy offers guided tours and even has its own maritime library.
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4. The Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast
at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is the largest crab feast in the world. They claim almost 4 million crabs are cracked in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay area annually.
5. The capital of Maryland was originally called “Providence” when first settled by the Puritans
. The owner of the proprietary colony later renamed the city after his wife, “Anne Arundel’s Towne.” Sir Francis Nicholson decided to rename the small seaport Annapolis, in honor of Princess Anne, heir to the throne. The Queen herself declared Annapolis a city in 1708.
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