The Naval Academy is located in historic Annapolis, the capital of Maryland. In 1650, Puritans seeking religious freedom nestled into a spot on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay and called their new town Providence. Settlers soon spread across the Severn River to the land that now makes up Maryland's capital city. The small settlement grew and was renamed Anne Arundel in 1694 in honor of Lord Baltimore's wife.
Governor Francis Nicholson chose the growing town on the Severn as the new provincial capital because of its central location. He rechristened it Annapolis in 1695 in honor of King James II's daughter, Princess Anne, who became Queen of England in 1702. Annapolis was granted a royal charter as a city in 1708.
Annapolis became the nation's first peacetime capital in 1783. From November 1783 to August 1784, the Continental Congress met in the Maryland State House. It was here that they accepted George Washington's resignation as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and ratified the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War. The Maryland State House is the oldest in continuous legislative use in the country. It is also the first and only State House to serve as the nation's capitol.
The colonial heritage of Annapolis is still evident as the city boasts more brick buildings from the 1700s than any other city in the country.
The heart of downtown Annapolis has also been designated a National Historic District and a National Historic Treasure. Many fine examples of colonial architecture, including the Maryland State House, Hammond-Harwood House, Chase-Lloyd House and the William Paca House and Gardens, are open to visitors.
In August, 2009, Annapolis was named a Top Ten finalist for the International Award for Livable Communities, a competition focused on creating livable communities through sound environmental practices.
Annapolis is located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. The Chesapeake provides natural environs, sightseeing, sailing, fishing, kayaking and more, helping Annapolis become America's Sailing Capital. The water-lover will also revel in the fact that Maryland has nearly 4,000 miles of shoreline - more than any other state.
Within 30 minutes of Annapolis lies both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, providing entertainment and sightseeing opportunities for residents and tourists alike.
|The State of Maryland voted in 1788 to cede land to form the District of Columbia, which soon became our nation's capital. Washington, D.C., is located 30 minutes west of Annapolis.|
|Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes, is located in Baltimore. The horse industry contributes $1.5 billion annually to the state's economy. There are over 20,000 horse farms located in Maryland.|
|Baltimore's Inner Harbor is just 30 minutes from Annapolis. The City of Baltimore features Harborplace, the Maryland Science Center, the National Aquarium, B&O Railroad Museum, American Visionary Art Museum, and homes for both the MLB's Baltimore Orioles and the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.|
|The Annapolis State House is the oldest in continuous legislative use in the country. It was here where General George Washington resigned his commission in the Continental Army, and where the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War was ratified.|
|Over 80 million pounds of blue crab are harvested yearly in Maryland. The Maryland crab harvest makes up more than 50 percent of the annual U.S. catch.|
|During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore and was inspired to pen the words to a poem entitled "The Star-Spangled Banner," which eventually became the national anthem.|