Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Annapolis: Capital of Commerce
Cargoes shipped to Annapolis originated in many places throughout the globe. Merchants imported spices, cloth, and ceramics from the Orient, rum, sugar, molasses, and coffee from the West Indies; wine from France and southern Europe; raisins from the Middle East; tar, pitch, and turpentine from North Carolina; and iron and wood products from New England. Great Britain shipped manufactured goods and thoroughbreds from the King's stables to Annapolis which became the center of horse racing in the colonies. Independant servants and convicts from Britain as well as enslaved Africans, shipped from their homeland and the West Indies, were sold and at auction to provide labor for the city's residents and rurual planters.
The American Revolution brought an end to Annapolis' position at the upper Bay's major seaport. The war solidified Baltimore's new position as the state's leading economic center, with its larger, deeper harbor and location better suited to shipping out the agricultural products of the rich farmland of western Maryland and southern Pennsylvania.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 58.601′ N, 76° 29.091′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from Dock Street 0.1 miles east of Market Space. Marker is on the plaza beyond the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Watermen and Working Harbor (a few steps from this marker); Steamboats Give Way to the New Bay Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Transportation on the Chesapeake Highway (a few steps from this marker); Maritime Annapolis: An Enduring Legacy (a few steps from this marker); Gateway to Discovery (a few steps from this marker); Commodore John Barry (within shouting distance of this marker); Annapolis Depicted (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sy Mohr's City Dock Harbormaster Collage (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 742 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.