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Builders of Annapolis

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Builders of Annapolis

Enterprise and Politics in a Colonial Capital

In 1700, Maryland’s new capital at Annapolis was a hamlet in a wilderness whose shoreline looked, according to one new arrival, "like a forest standing in water." By the middle of the 18th century a remarkable collection of men and women had made it into "one of the most sparkling communities in British America."