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? asked in TravelUnited StatesWashington, D.C. · 1 decade ago

How did Washington, District of Columbia, get its full name?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In accordance with the "Residence Act" passed by Congress in 1790, President George Washington selected the area that is now the permanent capital for the government of the United States. The Constitution established the site as a federal district, distinct from the states, giving Congress legislative authority over the permanent seat of government. This federal district was first called the City of Washington (in honor of George Washington) and the city around it was called the Territory of Columbia (in honor of Christopher Columbus). An act of Congress in 1871 effectively merged the City and the Territory into a single entity called the District of Columbia. Since that time the nation’s capital has been referred to as Washington, DC, the District of Columbia, Washington, the District, and DC.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it is a district, it is not a state. It is a portion of Maryland and a portion of Virginia

    This was decided so that there would never be an arguement about one state receiving preference over another.

    The city was named for the first president, soldier, statesman, visionary, father of a nation, George Washington.

    Washington, District of Columbia is the name of the city.

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