Washington, D.C. is inspirational. Washington, D.C. or the District of Columbia was created after an Act was signed for the creation of a capital district in 1790. The city is in the East Coast region of the United States. Originally, land was donated by both Maryland and Virginia to pay off Revolutionary War debt. Virginia later took back the donated land which resulted in the current size of the city. Maryland borders Washington, D.C. to the north, east, and northeast and northwest. The Potomac River followed by Virginia borders the city to the south and west.
Algonquian-speaking Piscataway tribes lived in the area around the Potomac River when Europeans first arrived in the early 17th century. Conflicts with European colonists occurred. Following the Revolutionary War James Madison laid out the need for a national capital. The 1790 Residence Act approved the location on the Potomac River. The Organic Act of 1801 organized the city under control of the federal government. The slave trade was outlawed in the District followed by slavery later being ended in the District in 1862. In 1868, African American males were given the right to vote in municipal elections. The Organic Act of 1871 created a territorial government for the District of Columbia. Urban planning and renewal projects have been undertaken in the city.
Approximately 19% of the city’s area is parkland. The District has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and summers are hot and humid. Thunderstorms and the occasional tornado occur. Blizzards happen every four to six years. The District is divided into four quadrants: Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest.
The Washington Metropolitan Area has been ranked the fourth-largest metropolitan economy in the United States. It is growing and diversified. The federal government accounts for approximately 29% of the jobs in the city. The second-largest industry is tourism. Education, finance, public policy, and scientific research are growing industries. Medical research institutions in the city are well-known.
There are many historic sites and museums in Washington, D.C. The National Mall is the park location of several sites. It has been the place for political protests, concerts, festivals, and presidential inaugurations. The National Archives is the home of thousands of American historical documents including the United States Constitution. The Smithsonian Institution has museums, galleries, and research centers. The District is known as a national center for the arts. The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates the contributions of those in the performing arts to the cultural life of the United States and beyond. Local theater and indie culture and music have a significant place in the city’s culture as well. Washington is home to all four major league sports, one major professional women’s team, several semi-professional teams, and four NCAA Division I teams. It is, also, a center for national and international media.
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