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Moving To DC
District of Columbia is one of the more interesting stories of the history of our nation. First it is the place of which our capital city, Washington DC, is located. Algonkian-speakers were living in what is now the District of Columbia when Englishmen founded the Jamestown, Va., settlement in 1607. When the United States Constitution was adopted on September 15, 1787, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17, included language authorizing the establishment of a federal district.
After the US Constitution provided that a tract of land be reserved for the seat of the federal government, both Maryland and Virginia offered parcels for that purpose; on 16 July 1790, Congress authorized George Washington to choose a site not more than 10 mi (16 km) square along the Potomac River which is what we know today as District of Columbia.
Here are some interesting facts about the District of Columbia:
Washington D.C. which is the US Capital is in the District of Columbia, which also holds the presidents residency - The white house.
District residents won the right to vote in a presidential election on March 29, 1961.
The "Constitution for the State of New Columbia" is still under congressional consideration and is reintroduced into each new congressional session.
The White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and many other government buildings are located in Washington, D.C.
The official flower of the District is the Cherry Blossom.
The blooming of the cherry trees is located at the Jefferson memorial in Washington D.C. which comes to symbolize the natural beauty of the nation's capital city.
Every year a 350 year old stone lantern is lit in a formal ceremony featuring traditional Japanese performers, the lantern was given to the United States in 1951 by the embassy of Japan.
President George Washington chose the site as the future capital of the USA in 1791 (the French architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant designed the city).
The flag of Washington, D.C., was adopted in 1938. Since Washington, D.C., had no official flag, a commission was formed in 1920 to find a design. Headed by A. E. Dubois, the final design was chosen on October 15, 1938. The design was based on the shield from George Washington's family's coat of arms.
Official Bird of DC is Wood thrush.