D. C. - the capital of the United States
D.C. is located in the District of Columbia
York City was the first capital of the United States once the
Constitution was ratified. This is where Congress met, and
where George Washington took the oath of office from the balcony
of the old City Hall to become the first President of the United
of the issues the President had to deal with was a permanent
location for the country’s seat of government. As part
of a compromise, it was decided that the capital would move
to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1791 for ten years and then
to a suitable permanent location on the Potomac River.
Washington chose an area from the states of Maryland and Virginia
that was primarily farm and marsh lands. Pierre
Charles L’Enfant was hired to design the "Federal
City" and within three months the plans were completed.
Problems had to be overcome, but on June 11, 1800, Philadelphia
was no longer the seat of government. The capital of the United
States now had a permanent home in Washington, D.C. And Congress
was scheduled to meet in the new capital on the first Monday
in December 1800.