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A Foreigner's Impressions of Washington in 1799
What did the new capital look like in 1799? This is an account John Davis, an Englishman who spent four years in the late 18th century traveling up and down the east coast of the new country.
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Why Is It Named Meridian Hill?
Pierre L'Enfant had originally planned the City of Washington around a right triangle, with the eastern portion at the Capitol, the northern portion at the White House and the 90 degree angle close to where the Washington Monument sits today. Thomas Jefferson marked this spot in 1793 with a wooden post, which was replaced in 1804 with the Jefferson Pier.
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Washington Monument Almost Built As Pyramid
What if the Washington Monument was built as a pyramid instead of an obelisk? It could have been if this design came to fruition.
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Map of All D.C. Boundary Stones From 1906
Working under commissioners that President Washington had appointed in 1790 in accordance with the Residence Act, Major Andrew Ellicott led a team that placed these markers in 1791 and 1792.
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Exploring the Plan for the Federal City with a Terrific Old Map
Discover the plan for the federal city with a terrific old map from the Library of Congress. Explore the projected layout of the city to gain insight into the history of the United States.
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1793 Map of Carroll Family Land in Washington
What did the land in and around Washington look like at the end of the 18th century? This map shows the Carroll family land in what would grow into DC.
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A Rare 1795 Map of the Territory of Columbia and the City of Washington
Explore a rare map from 1795 showing the Territory of Columbia and the City of Washington surrounded by Maryland. Click to view a larger version and learn more about this piece of history.
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Who Were the Original Land Owners in Washington, DC?
The map was done in 1874 and represents Washington as it would have looked before 1792.
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The Fascinating Origin Story of Centreville, Virginia
Centreville, VA was established in 1792 by local landowners with the intent of creating a center point between the more established towns: Alexandria, Colchester, Dumfries, Middleburg, Georgetown, Warrenton, and Leesburg. Learn more about its fascinating origin story here.
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That's Right - The Patawmack River, Not the Potomac: An Early Map of Washington
Check out this cool map of what would become the City of Washington. It was done around 1893 near the city's centennial. View the Patawmack River, not the Potomac, in this early map of Washington.
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An Incredible Find: President John Adams' Letter Naming George Washington Lieutenant General
Check out this incredible find! We discovered a letter penned by President John Adams nominating George Washington of Mount Vernon to Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief of All the Armies. Read the full story here!
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What Does DC Stand For in Washington, DC? The Origins of Our Capital City's Name
Learn the origins of Washington, DC's name and why it's not called Washington, TC. Find out how the Residence Act of 1790, Thomas Jefferson's sketch, and Pierre L'Enfant's map all played a role in the creation of our capital city.
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Exploring the 1795 Plan of the City of Washington
Explore the first official plan of Washington D.C., published by Andrew Ellicott in 1792. Courtesy of the David Rumsey map collection.
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Beautiful Prints of Washington in the 1790s by George Isham Parkyns
Take a look at these beautiful prints of Washington as it looked in the 1790s. They were done by George Isham Parkyns and show a slightly different, more pastoral landscape. See the print of the Potomac and guess which island it is!
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Why Is There No J Street in Washington, DC?
In the English alphabet, the letter J looked too much like the letter I, so Pierre L'Enfant omitted J street in DC.
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Washington is Composed of Land from 19 Original Owners
19 original landowners were negotiated with, directly by George Washington in March, 1791. He met them during the day and in the evening, closed the deal with them at Suter's Tavern in Georgetown.
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The Story of How The White House Got Its Name
Did you know the White House was once known as the President's Palace? Read on to learn the history of the White House and the story of the man who almost designed it - John Collins.
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If You're a D.C. History Nerd, You'll Find This Fascinating: A Look at the Capitol in 1814
Are you a D.C. history nerd? Check out this fascinating production from UMBC's Imaging Research Center that takes a look at what the Capitol looked like in 1814. The voiceover is a little dry, but follow along and watch the whole thing. It's very interesting!
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