Washington D.C. By, Carter


Washington D.C. is located along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. The original plan was for it to be 100 square miles, but it ended up being about 68 square miles after some of the land was given back to Virginia. Mathematician Benjamin Banneker was the lead surveyor in picking out the location. "The capital swallowed up two existing communities: The town of George (Georgetown), Maryland, and the city of Alexandria, Virginia." The highest point in the nations Capital is roughly 420 feet above sea level, with the lowest point being at sea level.

Historical Information

Various tribes of the Algonquian- speaking Piscataway people inhabited the lands around the Potomac river.

Pierre L'Enfant

Pierre L'Enfant envisioned Washington D.C. as a copy of New York City or Philadelphia, a big city with many people and Hollywood attractions. While it never quite turned out like that, it still offers some of the most well known tourist attractions in America. In 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, which approved the creation of a national Capital on the Potomac River.

However, in August of 1814, the British burned down the White House, treasury, and the Capitol. After this happened, many people wanted the Capital moved to a bigger city, but since it had so much invested in the Potomac River, they decided to stay.


Washington D.C. Diversity.

As you can see, African Americans account for almost half of the population in Washington D.C. The city has had a large African American population since the beginning because Maryland and Virginia were both slave states.

Some of the major media stations in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is a major media market with many different radio stations and TV stations.

Some Famous Washington D.C. natives include Al Gore, Pete Sampras, Adrian Dantley, Benjamin Oliver Davis, and Duke Ellington.

The Economy in D.C. generally isn't very good due to many federal workers not actually living in the District.

Things To Do

In D.C. you can take tours of the Capitol Building. If you go to the Supreme Court you can learn about the many different judicial decisions that have shaped this country. While you can't do much in the the White House, you can take a tour of most of the building, and learn about the various artifact that have come and gone throughout the years. At the Pentagon, you can learn about the military and how it works as well as learning some U.S. History. One of my favorite places is Fords Theater where our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, was shot by John Wilkes Booth.

Top Left- Capitol Below that is the Supreme Court. To the right of the Supreme Court is the White House. Bottom Left- Pentagon and to the right is Ford's Theater

One of the most interesting places in the DC area is the Arlington National Cemetery. This is probably the most famous cemetery in the world, mostly because JFK is buried there. The Jefferson Memorial is a tribute to our country's third president, Thomas Jefferson. There is also the Lincoln Memorial which pays tribute to Abraham Lincoln, and right across from it is the National Monument and the Reflecting Pool. Maybe the most popular museum in the DC is the National Air and Space Museum where you can learn about the history of Airplanes, our solar system and much more. Lastly, there is the United States Holocaust Museum which is a memorial to the millions of people who lost their lives in the Holocaust.

Top Row- Arlington Cemetery, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial Bottom Row- Air and Space Museum, Holocaust Museum


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