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Why was Washington DC never a state? Why is it called "District of Columbia"?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    District of Columbia: So named in honor of Christopher Columbus.

    The Residence Bill of July 16, 1790, established a site along the Potomac to be the capital. This federal district was first called the Territory of Columbia and the federal city the City of Washington. The name changed to the District of Columbia in 1793.

    District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) is the capital city of the USA. The White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and many other government buildings are located in Washington, D.C.

    President George Washington chose the site as the future capital of the USA in 1791 (the French architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant designed the city). Washington, D.C. became the nation's capital on June 11,1800 (previously, the country had been governed from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). The first President to live in Washington D.C. was John Adams; his family moved there in 1800.

  • 1 decade ago

    It seems fair that the Nation's Capital not be located in any particular State in order to avoid the appearance of favoritism. But State or not, they had to call it something. District of Columbia is as good a name as any other.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is called the District of Columbia because it used to be the capitol of America because Washington found it.

  • czech
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    to make sparkling, it relatively is spelled C-O-L-U-M-B-I-A. The term "Columbia" is a romantic term utilized to the america interior the early nineteenth century. It has no longer something to do with the South American united states. Washington, D.C., isn't a state; it relatively is a federal district, which in criminal words, places it in a strange and unique place. citizens can not vote, and no one represents them in Congress (their license plates examine, "Taxation without representation"). Their mayor is federally appointed.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is called the District of Columbia because Christopher Columbus "found" America. It was originally in Albany, but I forget what happened and now it is in between Virginia and Maryland.

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