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why is washington a district of columbia and not...

 
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why is washington a district of columbia and not a district of america?

and what columbia is this district related?

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Re: why is washington a district of columbia and not...
Columbia was slang for America.

D.C. is its own nation, I think. Own rules and shit.

Like London and the Vatican.

Pretty weird stuff.
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K-Street. Whores. Cocaine.

Things are the way they are for a reason.
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Re: why is washington a district of columbia and not...
Because it is a corporation, and a separate entity, like London City, and the Vatican.
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Re: why is washington a district of columbia and not...
I imagine the "District of Columbia" is what you'd say the state name would be, but since there is only one city in this state its easier to combine the two.

Now as for why it isn't just its own state, well supposedly they wanted to insure the neutrality of the federal government in state matters and carved out an area where this entity would be. D.C. Can be thought of just a sub-state.

Columbia was a common term back then, but for the life of me I can't remember why at the moment.
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Re: why is washington a district of columbia and not...
Comumbia was a poetic name for the US at that time when the district was formed.
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Comumbia was a poetic name for the US at that time when the district was formed.
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Columbia, I mean.
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It IS the residence/home/territory where the CORPORATION, 'called' The United States of American resides, that REPLACED our Constitutional united states of America !

ALL states and local governments are ALSO corporations. They make YOU ONE TOO, when they send you your name in all capital letters, invite you to THEIR contract courts, and /or call you a person, and you answer to it, making YOU a 'Non entity, a fictional character or corporation', meaning you are NOT a flesh and blood person.

Research it. It's fascinating the slaves we have become to the elite, wealthy.

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interesting.. thanks for the replys!

when someone is born there, what state are they from?
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Re: why is washington a district of columbia and not...
This is the best answer I found.

Because it's not a state
The District of Columbia is a federal district that takes up exactly same area that the city of Washington is in. Therefore we could refer to either DC or Washington and be referring to the same place. The city's not in a state, but it is in the country, and so it has to be in something, so it's in a district that we named Columbia.

But why Columbia, you ask? Columbia was one of the old poetic names for our nation, kind of like we use "America" or "the States" or "Uncle Sam" today. It references Christopher Columbus and a woman's form vaguely akin to the French Marianne. It fell out of popularity about 100 years ago, but we used to have pro-American songs like "Hail Columbia" (which, incidentally, is still the Vice President's anthem as opposed to "Hail to the Chief"). CBS used to be called "Columbia Broadcasting System".

But why specifically did we name the district Columbia? It's partially because in 1791, the year they began planning the new Federal City and had to come up with a name for the district, it was one year short of the 300th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's trip the the new world, and there were still some people grumpy that we hadn't actually named our new nation Columbia instead of something unwieldy like "The United States of America." So we named the new Federal area "The Territory of Columbia." The first stone of the White House, which was the first official Federal building, was placed the day after the 300th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage, so you can see how these things dovetailed nicely.

There was overwhelming support for naming the city itself Washington, which they did. George Washington always just called it the "Federal City" because he was a modest dude, and his name for it was used on occasion for many years afterwards.

Finally, we call it Washington, D.C because we don't want to confuse it with the state, but we're talking about the city, not the federal territory that the city takes up the entirety of.
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Re: why is washington a district of columbia and not...
This is the best answer I found.

Because it's not a state
The District of Columbia is a federal district that takes up exactly same area that the city of Washington is in. Therefore we could refer to either DC or Washington and be referring to the same place. The city's not in a state, but it is in the country, and so it has to be in something, so it's in a district that we named Columbia.

But why Columbia, you ask? Columbia was one of the old poetic names for our nation, kind of like we use "America" or "the States" or "Uncle Sam" today. It references Christopher Columbus and a woman's form vaguely akin to the French Marianne. It fell out of popularity about 100 years ago, but we used to have pro-American songs like "Hail Columbia" (which, incidentally, is still the Vice President's anthem as opposed to "Hail to the Chief"). CBS used to be called "Columbia Broadcasting System".

But why specifically did we name the district Columbia? It's partially because in 1791, the year they began planning the new Federal City and had to come up with a name for the district, it was one year short of the 300th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's trip the the new world, and there were still some people grumpy that we hadn't actually named our new nation Columbia instead of something unwieldy like "The United States of America." So we named the new Federal area "The Territory of Columbia." The first stone of the White House, which was the first official Federal building, was placed the day after the 300th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage, so you can see how these things dovetailed nicely.

There was overwhelming support for naming the city itself Washington, which they did. George Washington always just called it the "Federal City" because he was a modest dude, and his name for it was used on occasion for many years afterwards.

Finally, we call it Washington, D.C because we don't want to confuse it with the state, but we're talking about the city, not the federal territory that the city takes up the entirety of.
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yes. that is the best answer.
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Re: why is washington a district of columbia and not...
Orignally the city was to be 10 miles by 10 miles ... which meant it would have extended across the Potomac and included what was then the Plantation of one of the leading families of Virginia (later Robert E. Lee would marry into that family but the US Government siezed that Plantation during the Civil War and put both Arlington National Cemetary on it and Fort Meyers, which are exactly opposite of and overlooks the entire National Mall, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capital Building).

The United States decided that the "Virginia" portion of the 10 x 10 mile square was NOT needed and allowed that land to remain in Virginia, which is why when one crosses the Potomac one goes into Virginia versus remaining in Washington DC.

The District of Columbia has NO voting Congressional Representation(House or Senate) though it does now have a non-voting representative/observer (did NOT originally have one).
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Re: why is washington a district of columbia and not...
"Columbia was one of the old poetic names for our nation."


the conspiracy theorist in me thinks that there is more to it than that.. does anyone know how "Columbia" became "one of the old poetic names for"?

and there was the space shuttle columbia also.
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I like the sound of Columbia better than 'Merica... can we change the name of the country to Columbia or United States of Columbia... or better yet all the states that are petitioning to succeed from the union could name their new country this, and the capital could be in Denver or Seattle.
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Re: why is washington a district of columbia and not...
I imagine the "District of Columbia" is what you'd say the state name would be, but since there is only one city in this state its easier to combine the two.

Now as for why it isn't just its own state, well supposedly they wanted to insure the neutrality of the federal government in state matters and carved out an area where this entity would be. D.C. Can be thought of just a sub-state.

Columbia was a common term back then, but for the life of me I can't remember why at the moment.
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Washington D.C. is NOT a state. I think the poster who likened it to the City of London is on track.
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Re: why is washington a district of columbia and not...
"Columbia was one of the old poetic names for our nation."


the conspiracy theorist in me thinks that there is more to it than that.. does anyone know how "Columbia" became "one of the old poetic names for"?

and there was the space shuttle columbia also.
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I have read that its from the old gods like Horus and such back through Babalonian gods.

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