Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia and furthermore known as D.C. or then again Washington, is the capital city of the United States of America. Founded after the American Revolution, Washington was named for George Washington, the main leader of the United States and a Founding Father. As the seat of the United States government and a few global associations, Washington is a significant world political capital. Located on the Potomac River flanking Maryland and Virginia, the city is one of the most visited urban areas in the United States, with in excess of 20 million guests annually.

The marking of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, affirmed the production of a capital area situated along the Potomac River close to the nation’s East Coast. The U.S. Constitution accommodated a government area under the elite ward of the U.S. Congress, and the locale is subsequently not a piece of any U.S. state. The conditions of Maryland and Virginia each gave land to shape the government region, which incorporated the previous settlements of Georgetown and Alexandria. The City of Washington was established in 1791 to fill in as the new public capital. In 1846, Congress restored the land initially surrendered by Virginia, including the city of Alexandria; in 1871, it made a solitary civil government for the excess segment of the area.

Washington D.C. had an expected populace of 705,749 starting at July 2019, creation it the twentieth most crowded city in the United States and giving it a populace bigger than that of two U.S. states. Commuters from the encompassing Maryland and Virginia rural areas raise the city’s daytime populace to more than 1,000,000 during the workweek. Washington’s metropolitan zone, the nation’s 6th biggest (counting portions of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia), had a 2017 assessed populace of 6.2 million residents.

The three parts of the U.S. government are focused in the region: Congress (authoritative), the president (leader), and the Supreme Court (legal). Washington is home to numerous public landmarks and historical centers, essentially arranged close by the National Mall. The city has 177 unfamiliar government offices just as the central command of numerous global associations, worker’s guilds, non-benefits, campaigning gatherings, and expert affiliations, including the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States, AARP, the National Geographic Society, the Human Rights Campaign, the International Finance Corporation, and the American Red Cross.

A privately chosen city hall leader and a 13‑member chamber have administered the region since 1973. In any case, Congress keeps up incomparable authority over the city and may upset neighborhood laws. D.C. inhabitants choose a non-casting a ballot, everywhere legislative agent to the House of Representatives, yet the area has no portrayal in the Senate. Area citizens pick three official balloters as per the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution, endorsed in 1961.

For the capitals of the United States before the establishing of Washington, D.C., see List of capitals in the United States § Capitals of the US.

Additional data: History of Washington, D.C.; Timeline of Washington, D.C.; and District of Columbia (until 1871)

Different clans of the Algonquian-speaking Piscataway individuals (otherwise called the Conoy) occupied the grounds around the Potomac River when Europeans initially visited the region in the mid seventeenth century. One gathering known as the Nacotchtank (additionally called the Nacostines by Catholic preachers) kept up settlements around the Anacostia River inside the present-day District of Columbia. Clashes with European pioneers and neighboring clans constrained the migration of the Piscataway public, some of whom set up another settlement in 1699 close to Point of Rocks, Maryland.

In his Federalist No. 43, distributed January 23, 1788, James Madison contended that the new government would require authority over a public money to accommodate its own support and safety. Five years sooner a band of unpaid troopers had assaulted Congress while its individuals were meeting in Philadelphia. Known as the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783, the occasion underlined the requirement for the public government not to depend on any state for its own security.

Article One, Section Eight, of the Constitution allows the foundation of a “Area (not surpassing ten miles square) as may, by cession of specific states, and the acknowledgment of Congress, become the seat of the public authority of the United States”. However, the Constitution doesn’t determine an area for the capital. In what is presently known as the Compromise of 1790, Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson went to an arrangement that the government would pay each state’s excess Revolutionary War obligations in return for building up the new public capital in the southern United States.