On this day in history in 1790, 230 years ago, the District of Columbia was established as the permanent seat of the U.S. government.

The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, approved the creation of a  capitol district with the U.S. Constitution providing  for a federal district under the exclusive jurisdiction of Congress. (There goes the neighborhood!)


Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia (named of Christopher Columbus, you know, the guy whose statues are being trashed) was founded after the Revolutionary War as the seat of government.  It was named after the first President and Founding Father, George Washington.

Wikipedia says the city, located on the Potomac River bordering Maryland and Virginia, is one of the most visited cities in the United States, with more than  20 million visitors each year.

Washington.org says "After more than 200 years as the nation’s capital, Washington has developed as a complex and layered city, with a distinctive character: both a town for locals, an international center of power and an amazing place to visit. The city is rich with international cultures, African American heritage and culture..."

History on line offers a great collection of facts and notes about our Capitol and you can always take the 5 minute history tour to better understand and appreciate Washington, D.C.

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