Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States. It is home to many national landmarks. These include the White House, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian Institution. Duke Ellington was one of many well known Americans that called Washington, D.C. home.

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What kind of district Colombia have?

The District of Columbia is the capitol of the United States of America.

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What is the driving time between Washington DC and Cooperstown NY?

7 hours.

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What are the other capitals of the US besides Washington D.C.?

New York and Philadephia were the first two capital cities of the US.

Washington, D.C. has been the capital of the United States since 1800.

Before the United States existed, eight other cities have served as the meeting place for the Continental Congress and are therefore considered to have been the capital of what became the United States.

From 1774 to 1800, Congress met in numerous locations; therefore, the following cities can be said to have once been the United States capital:

Philadelphia, PA (numerous times)

Baltimore, MD

Lancaster, PA

York, PA

Princeton, NJ

Annapolis, MD

Trenton, NJ

New York City, NY

Specifically the following locations served...

First Continental Congress

  • Carpenters' Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: September 5, 1774 to October 24, 1774

Second Continental Congress

  • Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: May 10, 1775 to December 12, 1776
  • Henry Fite House, Baltimore, Maryland: December 20, 1776 to February 27, 1777
  • Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: March 4, 1777 to September 18, 1777
  • Court House, Lancaster, Pennsylvania: September 27, 1777 (one day)
  • Court House, York, Pennsylvania: September 30, 1777 to June 27, 1778
  • Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: July 2, 1778 to March 1, 1781
Articles of Confederation
  • Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: March 1, 1781 to June 21, 1783[b]
  • Nassau Hall, Princeton, New Jersey: June 30, 1783 to November 4, 1783
  • Maryland State House, Annapolis, Maryland: November 26, 1783 to August 19, 1784
  • French Arms Tavern, Trenton, New Jersey: November 1, 1784 to December 24, 1784
  • City Hall (Federal Hall), New York City, New York: January 11, 1785 to Autumn 1788

United States Constitution

  • Federal Hall, New York City, New York: March 4, 1789 to December 5, 1790
  • Congress Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: December 6, 1790 to May 14, 1800
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What does the DC in Washington D.C. stand for?

The DC in Washington D.C. stands for the District of Columbia. The federal District of Columbia was formed from portions of the states of Virginia and Maryland which were ceded to the US government in order to establish a separate national capital, eventually named for George Washington. Thus the city of Washington is not in any state.

(The district now consists only of the Maryland cession, as the city of Georgetown was reverted to the state of Virginia prior to the Civil War.)

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Does Washington D.C. have mountains?

No. It may have a few slight hills, but nothing higher.

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How far is it from Annapolis MD to Washington D.C.?

It is 32.4 miles (49 minutes by car) from Annapolis MD to Washington DC according to google maps UK

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How many US territories are there?

Under U.S. Jurisdiction (14)

* American Samoa

* Baker Island

* Guam

* Howland Island

* Jarvis Island

* Johnston Atoll

* Kingman Reef

* Midway Islands

* Navassa Island

* Northern Mariana Islands

* Palmyra Atoll

* Puerto Rico

* Virgin Islands

* Wake Island


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Why is Washington DC called a city of monuments?

City of monuments was originally mentioned by urban planning professor Peter Hall in his conventional book "Cities of Tomorrow" when describing the cities that tend to impress and symbolize any values. In Washington city case the roots go the plan of Pierre Charles L'Enfant, 1791 which later was improved by McMillan Commission Plan. The plan was intended to stress grandiose views of the newly built capital

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What is the capital of the United States?

The national capital is Washington, located in the District of Columbia between Maryland and Virginia. It is most commonly referred to as Washington, D.C. It is a federal district that is not part of any state.

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Who named Washington DC?

Pierre L'Enfant did in 1791 when he built it.

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What does Washington D.C. have lots of?

I have lived in Washington DC for 38 years.

DC has alot of museums, small parks, historical landmarks, and the national mall which is at least two to three days to tour. It's where the Washington monument, Capitol, and most of the national museums are located. There are plenty of restaurants available ( not all expensive) but you have to do your research online and check reviews. There's two great places just across the river in Arlington, va 2 miles away (about 4 metro stop away Marios (steak and cheese the best outside of Philadelphia) and El pollo Rico Peruvian rotisserie coal fired chicken The best anywhere. Both places are just across the street from each other and cost less than 20.00us. Read reviews and location, you won't be disappointed in either.

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How long does mail take from Miami FL to Washington DC?

First Class Mail is delivered in three to five days.

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Flight Times

How long does it take to fly from Atlanta Georgia to Paris?

8hr 25min | 4390 miles on a Boeing 777-200

and from Paris to Atlanta: on Airbus Industrie A330-300 (333) | 10hr 0min |

Source: My Flight ticket.

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When did Washington D.C. become the US capital?

The District of Columbia was founded, and made the capital of the US July 16, 1790.

In 1783 Congress decided to create a new capital apart from any state, and in 1787 the framers of the Constitution provided for a capital district.
The U.S. capital was originally Philadelphia. Washington D.C. became the new capital on July 16, 1790.
Several different cities served as the national capital until the late 1700s. Congress then wished the nation's capital to be permanent.

Disagreements rose as to which state it would be a part of. In 1790, Alexander Hamilton proposed a solution that established the new permanent capital on federal land rather than in a state. President George Washington was asked to pick the site. Both Maryland and Virginia gave up land along the Potomac River that became the District of Columbia, established in 1791.

DC history actually began in 1790 when the United States Constitution was adopted on September 15, 1787, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17, included language authorizing the establishment of a federal district. This district was not to exceed 10 miles square, under the exclusive legislative authority of Congress. On July 16, 1790, Congress authorized President George Washington to choose a permanent site for the capital city and, on December 1, 1800, the capital was moved from Philadelphia to an area along the Potomac River. The census of 1800 showed that the new capital had a population of 14,103. Congress directed selection of a new capital site, 100 sq mi, along the Potomac. When the site was determined, it included 30.75 sq mi on the Virginia side of the river. In 1846, however, Congress returned that area to Virginia, leaving the 68.25 sq mi ceded by Maryland in 1788. The seat of government was transferred from Philadelphia to Washington on Dec. 1, 1800, and President John Adams became the first resident in the White House.

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Is there a Hell's corner in Washington DC?

Yes. It's Lafayette Park. It's called Hell's Corner because the safety jurisdiction is split: The D.C. Metro cops patrol Pennsylvania Avenue. The sidewalks are the Secret Service's turf. And the park itself comes under the jurisdiction of the Park Police. Read David Baldacci's novel Hell's Corner for a gripping account of it.

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What were all the capitals of the US before Washington DC?

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: September 5, 1774 - December 12, 1776; March 4, 1777 - September 18, 1777; July 27, 1778 - June 21, 1783; December 6, 1790 - May 14, 1800
  • Baltimore, Maryland: December 20, 1776 - February 27, 1777
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania: September 27, 1777
  • York, Pennsylvania: September 30, 1777 - June 2, 1778
  • Princeton, New Jersey: June 30, 1783 - November 4, 1783
  • Annapolis, Maryland: November 26, 1783 - August 19, 1784
  • Trenton, New Jersey: November 1, 1784 - December 24, 1784
  • New York, New York: January 11, 1785 - December 5, 1790
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What is the time difference between New Mexico and Washington D.C.?

Washington DC is on the Eastern Standard Time; New Mexico is on the Mountain Standard Time. You have to substract two hours.

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Does Washington D.C. have earthquakes?


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White House

What is the white house nickname?

home alone

US Civil War
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George Washington

Why didn't the South continue on toward Washington D.C.?

Phil, The answer to your question would vary depending on what time period you are referring to. If you mean after the first battle of Bull Run, the fact is that the Confederate forces came very close to a disastrous defeat themselves that day. They were much too disorganised to mount a pursuit and a single regiment of Federal regulars was able to conduct a successful rear guard action. In subsequent campaigns Lee was defeated at Antietam and Gettysburg and thus could not get near the city. Even if he had been ablle to though, by then it was much too heavily defended to be taken by storm and Lee did not have the resources to conduct a siege. Michael Montagne

I am oing to go ahead and disagree with the above statement. It was because the South just wanted to be left alone. The South didn't want to take over the Federal Government, they just wanted to be left alone. The South also hoped it would show Mr. non-american Lincoln that they could have done it, but chose not to. This was to show that the South just wanted to be left alone and wanted no more bloodshed.

During Lee's 2nd invasion of the North, Lee envisioned entering Washington DC to end the war in favor of the South. If the Southerners could have taken the city they would have. After all, DC was originally carved out of Maryland and Virginia, both were states the South wanted.

I assume the question is concerning the aftermath of the battle of (1st)Manassas/Bull Run in July, 1861. In Battle Cry of Freedom, James M. McPherson said that there was a line of unbloodied reserves put in Centerville on the night of July 21 (after the battle that day). Also, the next day hard rain turned the roads "to soup", and that "Confederate logistics were inadequate for an advance even in good weather" much less with soupy roads. Admittedly there were many who at the time, including Edwin Stanton, Longstreet, Stonewall Jackson, and George McClellan, who said that taking Washington, and thereby winning Southern independence, was a possibility. However, those responses may be motivated by Union paranoia after a loss, and Confederate postwar regret, the latter seeing an untried possibility that might have prevented ultimate defeat in the War Between the States.

THe reason the South didn't overtake Washington D.C. is because they were only defending their own country. The South didn't want to take Washington, so it didn't. Also, the disorderly chaos helped the South win the first Battle of Bull Run. They had not established a color yet. Therefore, the Union soldiers weren't always sure who they were fighting. So if they had decided to continue toward Washington, D.C. they might have been victorious. But since they were only trying to defend their country (the Confederacy) they didn't see the neccesity to overtake the Union capitol.


The South wanted to fight a war where they caused so many casualties to the North that they would just give up and recognize the South as a Country. Also they didn't have the manpower to take the capital.

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How long is the flight from Chicago to Washington D.C.?


Chicago, IL (CHI) to Washington, DC (WAS)

Flight Duration 1 hour 47 minsDistance:

The distance between Chicago, Illinois and Washington, DC is 598 miles (962 km).

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How long does it take to receive mail from Afghanistan to Washington DC?

1 to 14 days or more

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Borders and Boundaries

What states border Washington D.C.?

Washington D.C. is located between the states of Virginia (on its southwest side) and Maryland (on its southeast, northeast, and northwest sides).
Maryland and Virginia.

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What is the distance between Baltimore and Washington DC?

about 40 miles


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