Annapolis, Maryland

Coordinates: 38°58′23″N 76°30′04″W / 38.97306°N 76.50111°W / 38.97306; -76.50111
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Annapolis, Maryland
Downtown Annapolis, Maryland
Downtown Annapolis, Maryland
Flag of Annapolis, Maryland
Coat of arms of Annapolis, Maryland
"America's Sailing Capital," "Sailing Capital of the World," "Naptown," "Crabtown on the Bay"
"Vixi Liber Et Moriar"
("I have lived, and I shall die, free")
Location in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Annapolis is located in Maryland
Location in Maryland
Annapolis is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 38°58′23″N 76°30′04″W / 38.97306°N 76.50111°W / 38.97306; -76.50111
Country United States
State Maryland
County Anne Arundel
Founded1649; 375 years ago (1649)
Incorporated1708; 316 years ago (1708)
Named forPrincess Anne of Denmark & Norway
 • MayorGavin Buckley (D)
 • City Council
Council members
  • Eleanor "Elly" Tierney (D)
  • Karma O'Neill (D)
  • Rhonda Pindell Charles (D)
  • Sheila Finlayson (D)
  • Brooks Schandelmeier (D)
  • DaJuan Gay (D)
  • Rob Savidge (D)
  • Ross H. Arnett III (D)
 • Total8.10 sq mi (20.98 km2)
 • Land7.18 sq mi (18.60 km2)
 • Water0.92 sq mi (2.38 km2)
39 ft (12 m)
 • Total40,812
 • Density5,000/sq mi (1,900/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
21401-21405, 21409, 21411-21412
Area code(s)410, 443
FIPS code24-01600
GNIS feature ID0595031
HighwaysI-97, US 50, US 301, MD 2, MD 70, MD 178, MD 450, MD 665

Annapolis is the capital city of the U.S. state of Maryland. As of the census in 2020, its population was 40,812.[3] It is home to the United States Naval Academy, where the United States Naval Officers get their training. It is also home to Saint John's College, originally King William's School founded in 1696. Annapolis is the oldest seat of government still in service in America.

History[change | change source]

Annapolis became the temporary capital of the United States after the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.[4] Congress was in session in the state house from November 26, 1783 to June 3, 1784, and it was in Annapolis on December 23, 1783 that General Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

Chesapeake Bay[change | change source]

Annapolis is also known as the sailing capital of the U.S. It is on Chesapeake Bay, the largest inland tidal estuary in the world. The Chesapeake Bay can not sustain the higher life that once filled these waters, and 3 of the main harvests need to be re-stocked by man in order to maintain 1/10th (or less) of the numbers - Oysters and Rockfish, and more recently as reported in the Capital, Blue Crab stocks are at an all-time and ever-decreasing low, with scientists from University of Maryland researching how to raise crabs for re-introduction.

Nature[change | change source]

Chesapeake Bay Native plants and animals are often crowded out by invasive species which are more hardy to the now-polluted environment. Fragmites, the Chinese Mitten Crab, English Ivy, and the Mute Swan are examples of invasive species thriving in this man-altered environment.

Transport[change | change source]

Annapolis is the only capital city in America east of the Mississippi River without any rail transportation.

References[change | change source]

  1. "City Council". Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  2. Garner, Bryan (2009). Garner's Modern American Usage (3 ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 238. ISBN 9780195382754.
  3. "Annapolis (city) Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau". Retrieved 2023-10-16.
  4. "The History of a Thriving City: Annapolis, Maryland". Drylayout. Retrieved 2022-08-06.