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Adagio docked for a few days in Annapolis, Maryland where we toured the city's charming colonial streets and the US Naval Academy. Founded in 1649, Annapolis has served as Maryland's capital since 1694, but it was not the state's first capital. That honor goes to St. Mary's City on the southern tip of Maryland's western shore. George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore, conceived St. Mary's City in 1634 as a place where Roman Catholics could freely practice their religion along with Anglicans and others. But St. Mary's was too remote for the early colonists to reach, so the capital was moved to Annapolis.

Annapolis was originally called Anne Arundel and was later renamed Annapolis after Princess Anne (later Queen Anne) of England. The Continental Congress met there in 1783 and 1784, and the Treaty of Paris which marked the end of the Revolutionary War following the battle of Yorktown was signed in Annapolis in 1783.

Annapolis claims to have more colonial-era buildings than any other city in the US, and we enjoyed strolling its lovely streets, although we think Boston might contest this claim. The Maryland State House in Annapolis is the oldest continuously used legislative house in the US, and the US Naval School was established in Annapolis in 1845, later becoming the US Naval Academy in 1850.

Maryland State House

Naval Academy Chapel

Main Street, Annapolis

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May 07, 2022

More history. Incredible travels. Hh


May 06, 2022

Enjoying your travelogue! Beautiful area!

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