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ID: 7013962
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Washington (inhabited place)  Washington (inhabited place)

Coordinates:
Lat: 38 53 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 38.8833  decimal degrees
Long: 077 02 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -77.0333  decimal degrees

Note: Coextensive with District of Columbia; located on swampy ground at navigational head of Potomac River; site was selected by 1st US president George Washington; city plan was laid out by French engineer Charles L'Enfant; burned in War of 1812, but rebuilt.

Names:
Washington (preferred,C,V)  ............ named for the first US president, George Washington
Washington DC (C,V)
Federal Capital (H,V)  ............ common, though unofficial, name
Federal City (H,V)
Federal Town (H,V)
Nation's Capital (H,V)
Territory of Columbia (H,V)
Washington City (H,V)

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of North and Central America (continent)  ....  North and Central America (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of United States (nation)  ........  United States (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of District of Columbia (national district)  ............  District of Columbia (national district) (P)
Hierarchy of Washington (inhabited place)  ................  Washington (inhabited place) (P)

Place Types:
inhabited place (preferred, C)  ............  chosen as site for capital in 1791; federal government moved here in 1800, greatly expanded in 20th cen.
city (C)
national capital (C)  ............  from 1800
district capital (C)
political center (C)  ............  for national politics & mass protest; is focus for trade associations, lobbyists & law firms
tourist center (C)
university center (C)  ............  for George Washington University, American University, Howard University & Catholic University
cultural center (C)  ............  famed for many historic monuments, symphony orchestra & museums, including those of the Smithsonian Institution

Related geographic places:
capital of ....  United States .......... (nation)
..................  (World, North and Central America) [7012149]

Sources and Contributors:
Federal Capital..........  [VP]
.............................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS11000431
Federal City..........  [VP]
.......................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS11000431
Federal Town..........  [VP]
.......................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS11000431
Nation's Capital..........  [VP]
.............................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS11000431
Territory of Columbia..........  [VP]
......................................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS11000431
Washington..........  [BHA, FDA, GRLPSC, VP Preferred]
.......................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) 2:1011
.......................  Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer (1961)
.......................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) 12:508-509
.......................  GRI Photo Study, Authority File (1989)
.......................  Library of Congress HABS/HAER (1987-)
.......................  National Archives and Record Administration database (1987-)
.......................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS11000431
.......................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Washington City..........  [VP]
.............................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS11000431
Washington DC..........  [VP]
..........................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988)
Subject: .....  [BHA, FDA, GRLPSC, VP]
..................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) II, 1011; 2:1011
..................  Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer (1961)
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) XII, 508-509; 12:508-509
..................  GRI Photo Study, Authority File (1989)
..................  Library of Congress HABS/HAER (1987-)
..................  National Archives and Record Administration database (1987-)
..................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS11000431
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1985)

 

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