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Why is Washington D.C. named, the district of columbia?

I want to know about the "Columbia" part!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The following answer was found on wikipedia...

    The federal district was named the District of Columbia because Columbia was a poetic name for the United States used at the time.

    More information on the use of Columbia in early days can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_Columbia

    Excerpt taken from Wikipedia:

    Columbia is a poetic and the first popular name for the (present-day) United States of America. It was also the origin of the name District of Columbia. The moniker dates from before the Revolution but fell out of use in the early 20th Century. Exceptions to this trend include the song "Columbia, Gem of the Ocean", still occasionally sung, and the song "Hail, Columbia," an early anthem of the United States now used as the anthem of the Vice President of the United States. It is still featured as CBS's name, the Columbia Broadcasting System and Columbia University in New York.

    The proper noun "Columbia" is a name widely used in English derived from that of Christopher Columbus. Therefore, it was used in a broader sense to refer to the Americas. The term "Pre-Columbian" refers to the time before the arrival in the Americas of Columbus and other European explorers.

    Columbia was also a female national personification of America, similar to the male Uncle Sam, the British female Britannia and male John Bull, and the French Marianne, often seen in political cartoons through the early 20th Century (see illustration at right); the character is still used by Columbia Pictures, though its current incarnation looks very different.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    The District of Columbia is an same as Washington DC. So that's Washington, interior the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia has no different cities in it. it truly is not a state because it changed into set up to be in reality the region of the position the federal authorities can make the guidelines and habit the corporate of a few thing of the country. and in no thanks to have the electorate impact the nationwide authorities.

  • 1 decade ago

    Washington D.C. is not within the boundaries of any state. It is a district established for the Federal Government.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it is historical

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