Is it Maryland, Virginia or neither?
Some people actually ask this question. Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States and the seat of the federal government. Both Maryland and Virginia gave land to the new federal district and it was officially founded on July 16th, 1790. So, technically and historically, the land used to be part of both states. But, the Virginia part was given back in 1847 and now consists of Arlington and Alexandria. Established by the Constitution, the location on the Potomac River was selected by President George Washington as a compromise between the northern and southern states.
If you like history and you’re interested in the District of Columbia, you’re going to love this blog.