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Washington D.C., United States

Washington D.C., United States

The District of Columbia is the capital of the United States of America. Orignally formed in 1791, it is governed under the direction of the Congress of the United States and is formally distinct from any state in the union. The bounds of the District are defined as a square with edges of 10 miles in length oriented at 45-degrees to the cardinal directions. In 1846, the portion of the District west of the Potomac River (the prominent south-flowing river cutting across the image) was returned to the Commonwealth of Virginia, disrupting the original square boundary. Within the District of Columbia, and visible in this image, are government facilities including numerous memorials to former presidents, the White House (president's mansion), and the Capitol of the United States of America where the legislative arm of the US government convenes.

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