On The Water
Water has always been the basis of the economy of Annapolis. Tobacco, grown on the nearby plantations, was shipped out of Annapolis’s port. The fish, oysters, and crabs of the Chesapeake Bay provided a living for many residents of Annapolis for many years. The U.S. Naval Academy was founded in 1845 on the site of the 1808 Fort Severn. Today, with the the overfishing of the Chesapeake, large privately owned yachts moor at the city dock bringing money and tourists into Annapolis.