First settled as the town of Providence in 1649, Annapolis currently is the capital of Maryland and a country seat. It is located about two miles (3 km) from the Chesapeake Bay on the Severn River and is the site of the U.S. Naval Academy and St. John's College. Narrow streets radiate from Church Circle and from State Circle, site of the historic state house where George Washington resigned as commander of the Continental Army in 1783 and where, a few weeks later, Congress ratified the Paris Peace Treaty. Annapolis hosted the Annapolis Convention in 1786, which a year later led to the Constitutional Convention. In 1694 it was named in honor of Princess Anne, who later became queen.