The city of Annapolis is the capital of the State of Maryland in the United States. Located beachfront on the Chesapeake Bay, it is an integral part of the greater metropolitan area that includes Washington, DC and Baltimore, the largest city in Maryland. In 2000, its population was 35,838 inhabitants.
The city is home to the Naval Academy at Annapolis (English United States Naval Academy) and St. John's College. In this institute of higher learning of a particular kind, learning is free, guided but not directed, based on discussions with scholars and research and personal reading.