Congress Was Here

Congress Was Here (HM25SD)

Location: Annapolis, MD 21401 Anne Arundel County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 58.71', W 76° 29.639'

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West Street

—At the End of the Revolution —

Peace Treaty Ratified

[Image Captions:]
· Governor William Paca's Proclamation of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris. Treaty of Paris Broadside Collection [MSA SC 5785]
· The last page of the Treaty of Paris, signed September 3, 1783 by David Hartley for Great Britain and John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay for the United States of America.

In November 1783, two years after the victory at Yorktown, Congress moved the seat of government from Princeton to Annapolis, where it remained until August 1784. During this period, while meeting in the State House, Congress accepted General George Washington's resignation as commander in chief of American forces on December 23, 1783. Three weeks later, Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the war and established American independence.

In September 1786, twelve delegates from five states met in Annapolis to discuss problems with the Articles of Confederation, the first plan was for a national government. The report produced by this Annapolis Convention led to the creation of a new United States Constitution in Philadelphia the following year.

[Image caption:]
View of Annapolis in 1800
by C. Milbourne
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of

Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. "View of Annapolis, Maryland." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1800.

Old Senate Chamber
Washington before Congress in the State House
HM NumberHM25SD
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Date Added Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 370591 N 4315452
Decimal Degrees38.97850000, -76.49398333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.71', W 76° 29.639'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 42.6" N, 76° 29' 38.34" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301, 443, 202, 703
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18 West St, Annapolis MD 21401, US
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