From the founding of Maryland in 1634, however, St. Mary's City in southern Maryland was the first seat of Maryland's colonial government, not Annapolis. As the population of Maryland grew, however, St. Mary's City near the southernmost tip of St. Mary's County, proved too distant for most of the colony's inhabitants. Consequently, in 1694, the General Assembly designated Anne Arundel Town, midway up Chesapeake Bay, as the new capital and, in February - March 1694/5, the government moved its records and its operations there.
State House (from Francis St.), Annapolis, Maryland, February 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Royal Governor John Seymour granted a municipal charter to Annapolis on November 22, 1708.
City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland, September 2008. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Toward the end of the Revolutionary War, the City also served as capital to the newly forming American nation when the Continental Congress met in Annapolis from November 26, 1783 to August 19, 1784. Here, too, on January 14, 1784, the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, was ratified by Congress.
McDowell Hall, St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland, April 2005. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
In recent years, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis hosted several international conferences. The Middle East Peace Conference was held at the Academy on November 27, 2007, while the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) IV took place June 17-18, 2008.
U.S. Naval Academy grounds, Annapolis, Maryland, May 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Known as "America's Sailing Capital", Annapolis hosts the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show each April, as well as the U.S. Powerboat Show and the U.S. Sailboat Show each October. The next U.S. Powerboat Show will take place Oct. 6-9, 2022, the U.S. Sailboat Show will occur Oct. 13-17, 2022, and the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show will be held April 28-30, 2023.
Sailboats, Back Creek, Annapolis, Maryland, October 2008. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
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