December 22, 2017 4:11pm CST
Annapolis the capital of Maryland made its wealth through the slave trade. It was a settlement in the Province of Maryland named Providence and was founded on the north bank of the Severn River. The settlers were Puritan exiles from Virginia led by Governor William Stone in 1649. After several uprisings, Sir Francis Nicholson moved the capital of the royal colony 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. Annapolis has a wealthy and cultivated society from the middle of the 18th century until the American Revolutionary War. In 1745 Jonas Green founded The Maryland Gazette and it became an important weekly journal. The city’s chief industries became oyster-packing, boatbuilding and sail making. Annapolis has many 18th century houses and streets with names from colonial days like King George’s, Prince George’s, Hanover and Duke of Gloucester among others. 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 XXIII Olympiad. During September 18-19 Hurricane Isabel created the largest storm surge known in Annapolis history. As a result, much of downtown was flooded and many homes and businesses were damaged. From mid-2007 through December 2008 the city celebrated the 300th Anniversary of its 1708 Royal Charter which established democratic self-governance. Has anyone been to Annapolis or lived there?
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