By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 23, 2021) – In Issue 2021-225 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we visit a little-known U.S. Capital, not Washington, D.C.


From November 1783 to August 1784, Annapolis, Maryland was the temporary capital of the United States.

Until Washington DC was designated as the permanent capital city in 1800, the capital city was wherever the Continental Congress was meeting.  In total there have been 9 US capitals. The shortest lived was Lancaster, PA which only held the honor for one day, September 27, 1777, before the Second Continental Congress moved to York, PA.

The Maryland State House housed the congressional meetings, and it is the oldest building in the country that has been in continuous use for legislative business.  Perhaps the most famous event that happened there was George Washington’s resignation of his military commission at the end of the Revolutionary War.

Annapolis is the capital city of the state of Maryland and home to the US Naval Academy.

Johnson’s map of Maryland and Delaware is displayed here.  It was created 80 years after Annapolis ceased to be the US capital.

Map of Maryland and Delaware – circa 1850’s (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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