Monday, July 16, 2012

How the District of Columbia Got Its Name

Washington Dc Map : Vintage map of Washington DC
Photo of vintage map of Washington D.C. courtesy

On this day in 1790 the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, was established as the seat of American government with the signing of the Residence Bill.  The city, Washington, was named in honor of President George Washington during his presidency.  The district, District of Columbia, was a feminine form of Columbus, which was used after the Revolutionary War in patriotic poetry and songs describing America and her being a land of freedom.

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