Why is the District of Columbia ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The authority to establish a federal capital was provided in Article One, Section Eight, of the United States Constitution, which permits a "District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States. The City of Washington used to be a separate municipality within the District of Columbia. An Act of Congress in 1871 created a single government for the entire federal territory, effectively merging the City and the District into a single entity. It is for this reason that the city, while legally named the District of Columbia, is known as Washington, D.C.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    because they wanted a capital city that was not part of any state. however, now more than half a million of us are not represented in Congress, and probably won't be for a very long time.

  • Tina
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    What is your question?

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