What Is the Capital of Maryland?


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Annapolis is the capital of Maryland. It is located in Anne Arundel County on the Severn River, 25 miles south of Baltimore and 30 miles east of Washington, D.C. Annapolis is home to the U.S. Naval Academy and St. John's College, the third oldest college in the United States.

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Annapolis once served as the capital of the United States when the Continental Congress met there between Nov. 26, 1783 and June 3, 1784. It is also where Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War. Originally, Annapolis was named Providence by the Puritans. Later, it was called Anne Arundel's Towne, after the wife of Lord Baltimore. When it became the capital of the Maryland colony in 1694, it was renamed Annapolis in honor of the heir to the British throne, Princess Anne.

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