Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsGeography · 1 decade ago

Is Washington D.C. a part of Maryland?

or is it it's own state? I know I am stupid not to know this.

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Originally, the District of Columbia was part of Maryland. The State of Maryland ceded the territory to the federal government so that it could be used for the nation's capital.

    Here is a summary of the story:

    When the Constitution became effective in 1789, the national capital was at New York. The South considered that to be too far North, and besides, the U.S. Constitution expressly contemplates that the nation's capital will be in a territory that is not part of any state, so that no state has undue influence over the federal government.

    In 1790, the capital was moved to Philadelphia, but it was agreed that in 1800, the capital would be moved to a federal district.

    Initially, Maryland and Virginia jointly ceded a tract of land measuring ten miles square, that straddles the Potomac River.

    In 1846, Congress decided it did not need the Virginia part, and gave that back to Virginia. The part from Maryland continues to be known as the District of Columbia, and its principal city is the City of Washington, hence, the place is known as Washington, D.C.

    The District of Columbia is not part of any state. As such, its residents were not permitted to vote in presidential elections until 1964, after the 23rd amendment had been adopted, and even today, it does not have voting representation in the House or the Senate.

    It is governed by a city council, but its measures are subject to review, and possible override, by Congress. For example, the D.C. council recently adopted an ordinance authorizing same sex marriage. It will be interesting to see if Congress permits that to stand.

    Hope this helps.

  • 1 decade ago

    Washington D.C. is not part of any state. It is the District of Columbia. Article One of the United States Constitution provides for a federal district, distinct from the states, to serve as the permanent national capital. The city is governed by a mayor and a city council. However, the United States Congress has supreme authority over Washington, D.C., and may overturn local laws.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's not part of Maryland and it's not it's own state. It's just Washington D.C.

  • 1 decade ago

    washington DC is not in any state, its completely seperate

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