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What two states ceded land for Washington?
What two states gave land to create Washington DC?
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Which two states gave up land to form Washington D.C.?
Which state gave up some of it's land to form Washington D.C.?
In 1790 when the federal district was originally created, two states gave land to create the District of Columbia. The Commonwealth of Virginia gave up (or ceded) parts of the western bank of the Potomac river, including the city of Alexandria. The state of Maryland also ceded land on the eastern bank of the Potomac river, including the town of Georgetown. However, in the 1840's the land on the eastern bank of the Potomac river was retroceded to Virginia. Today, Washington DC is on land that was formerly part of Maryland.