Why is our nations capital a part of District of Columbia and not the U.S.A.?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, "the District", or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. On July 16, 1790, the United States Congress approved the creation of a federal district to become the national capital as permitted by the U.S. Constitution. The District is therefore not a part of any U.S. state. It was formed from land along the Potomac River donated by the states of Maryland and Virginia; however, the Virginia portion was returned by Congress in 1846.

    A new capital city named after George Washington was founded in 1791 to the east of the preexisting port of Georgetown. Congress consolidated the City of Washington, Georgetown, and the remaining unincorporated area within the District under a single municipal government in 1871. The city shares its name with the U.S. state of Washington, located on the country's Pacific coast.


  • 9 years ago

    The Constitution allowed the federal government to create districts totally in control by the federal government, and not any state. The Congress created one such district to be the nation's capital, called the District of Columbia, most of donated land from Maryland and Virginia. The city created was named after Pres. Washington...thus Washington, D.C..

    Washington, D.C. is very much a part of the USA, just not any particular state.

  • 9 years ago

    Just cause

  • 9 years ago

    Lol another idiot! I love this site!

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