After visiting Jamestown and Yorktown, I next saw Washington, D.C, the nation’s capital.
Washington, D.C. was approved for construction in 1790 between Maryland and Virginia, and Congress and the President first presided there in 1800. Although George Washington was heavily involved in the construction of the nation’s capital, he remains the only president to have never entered the White House. In 1814 during the War of 1812, British soldiers burned important buildings (such as the White House and the Capital) in Washington, D.C. that were not rebuilt for years.
The Twenty-Third amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowed D.C. to vote in U.S. Presidential elections, giving the District three electoral votes, first exercised in 1964. D.C. is home to many historically important buildings, such as the Capital Building, White House, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial, plus a few sports teams, like the Washington Nationals (baseball) and Washington Redskins (football).
The District of Columbia is one of the greatest cities in the world, created to show America’s commitment and perseverance through its many ages. It is the capital of an ever growing nation.