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Annapolis

Annapolis, (1) the capital of the State of Maryland, U.S.A., situated on the north bank of the Severn, near Chesapeake Bay, 30 miles from Baltimore. It was originally founded in 1649, and was called Providence, but on receiving a charter from Queen Anne in 1708 adopted its present name. Besides handsome Government buildings there is the United States Naval College. (2) A town in the British colony of Nova Scotia. It was the first French settlement in that peninsula (1604), and then bore the name of Port Royal. During the occupation by the British in the seventeenth century it was the seat of Government, but it never prospered, and Halifax was subsequently chosen as the capital. It has a good harbour, which is rather difficult of access.

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