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Teaching A New Capital for the New Nation

A New Capital for the New Nation

Once the new Constitution set up a strong national government, people cared very much about the location of the capital. In 1790, Congress accepted an offer of land from Maryland and Virginia. The land was near the middle of the states that then made up the United States. It came to be known as Washington, District of Columbia, or Washington, D.C.

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How did Washington, DC become the capital of the United States?


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