Washington, D.C, also known as District of Columbia, is a district in the state of Washington which was approved by President George Washington in 1790.


One of the most famous events regarding Washington, D.C. is the Compromise of 1790, which is, essentially, the "founding" or approval of the district, so it could serve as the new capital of the United States. The compromise was between Secretaries Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, who wanted the capital moved elsewhere so that the North would not have excessive power with the Capitol being closer to them and/or abuse it.