Welcome to Washington DC The Nations Capital.
The Washington DC is a great place to live with a variety of choices for work, recreation, entertainment, and lifestyles.
Washington DC has lots of cultural activities, entertainment, shopping, festivals, outdoor recreation, and great restaurants.
Washington DC is home to a wide variety of people from different ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, religions,
and economic levels. Overall the population is highly educated which makes it an interesting place to live.
The region offers a variety of getaways within a few hours drive. You can enjoy the beach (just a few hours away),
the mountains, or several cities including DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, Wilmington, Philadelphia, and New York.
Being a professional photographer, world traveler, explorer and Washingtonian, it is my duty and honor to share this
wonderful city with you. The information layout is divided in 3 categories, attractions, dining, nightlife entertainment.
A little history.
Why is Washington, D.C. our nation’s capital?
Between 1776 and 1800, Congress met in several different locations. Philadelphia served as the last temporary capital from 1790-1800. The location of the permanent seat of the federal government was a controversial issue that divided Americans for many years. Various possibilities were suggested and many compromises were made until finally on July 16, 1790, Congress passed a law that permitted President George Washington to select a location for the national capital along the Potomac River and to appoint three commissioners to oversee its development. Washington selected a ten square mile area of land from property in Maryland and Virginia that lay on both sides of the Potomac. (In 1846, land formerly belonging to Virginia was returned to that state. See below.) Congress met for the first time in the new capital on November 17, 1800 and the transfer of the government from Philadelphia was completed by June of 1801.
Shortly after the owners of the land selected for the capital transferred their property to the government, President Washington began to refer to the newly-created town as “the Federal City.” At a meeting on September 9, 1791, the commissioners agreed that the “Federal district shall be called the ‘Territory of Columbia’ and the Federal City the ‘City of Washington.'” (The term “district” was more popular than “territory” and officially replaced it when the capital was incorporated in 1871.) The name “Washington” was chosen by the commissioners to honor the President. “Columbia,” a feminine form of “Columbus,” was popularized as a name for America in patriotic poetry and song after the Revolutionary War. The term idealized America’s qualities as a land of liberty. (Source: Historical Society Of Washington DC)
Washington, D.C., had an estimated population of 632,323 in 2012, the 24th most populous place in the United States. Commuters from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs raise the city’s population to more than one million during the workweek. The Washington Metropolitan Area, of which the District is a part, has a population of 5.7 million, the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the country.
The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are in the District, including the Congress, President, and Supreme Court. Washington is home to many national monuments and museums, which are primarily situated on or around the National Mall. The city hosts 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of many international organizations, trade unions, non-profit organizations, lobbying groups, and professional associations. (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
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