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1790 - July 16 - Washington, D. C. becomes capital of United States


On July 16, 1790, Congress declared the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States.

President George Washington commissioned French engineer Pierre-Charles L'Enfant to create a plan for the city. L'Enfant designed wide avenues and open spaces so that the capital would not become a city of crowded buildings. The streets of the capital were oriented in a north, south, east, and west grid pattern.

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July 16, 1790


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