The District of Columbia, Washington D.C.

President George Washington Lobbied Landowners To Sell Their Land To The U.S. Government To Create The District Of Columbia

L’Enfant-Elliot Map of the District of Columbia, 1792. (Library of Congress)

President George Washington spoke to landowners in Maryland and Virginia to sell their lands to form the future permanent seat of the U.S. Government, the District of Columbia. George Washington’s pitch was for the landowners to sell two thirds of their lands to the federal government, and in exchange the third of the land that they keep will substantially increase in value.

Congress authorized the cession and the retrocession of the District of Columbia.

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