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Prior to European settlement, various tribes of the Algonquian-speaking Piscataway people (primarily the Nacotchtank) inhabited the area, which became Washington, D.C.  Once the new U.S. government signed the Residence Act on July 16th, 1790, a capital district for the country was created along the Potomac River.  Thus, Washington, D.C. is not part of any U.S. state.  Instead, it has served since the late eighteenth century as the center for all three branches of the United States government.  The city is named for American Revolutionary War Hero and First President of the United States, George Washington.

In 2014, the U.S. census estimated the population of D.C. was 658,893.  This would make it the 23rd most populous city in the country.  The Washington metropolitan area, however, which includes suburbs in Maryland and Virginia, has a population of 5.8 million.  This metropolitan area ranks as the seventh largest in the United States.

Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia) is chock full of nationally (and internationally) recognized landmarks.  The largest of these is the National Mall.  The National Mall is a national park located in the downtown area of the city and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  Within its borders, however, are many attractions and institutions of note.  According to the National Parks Service, the National Mall brings in approximately 24 million visitors annually.

The National Mall contains the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, the National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian Institution Building (whose nickname is ‘The Castle’), the United States Capitol, the United States Botanic Garden, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and its Reflecting Pool, and the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials.

Architect James Renwick, Jr. designed and built the Smithsonian Institution Building from 1849-1855 in the faux Norman Style (which is a 12th century combination of late Romanesque and early Gothic motifs).  Due to these architectural peculiarities, it was nicknamed ‘the Castle’.  Today, it houses the Smithsonian Institution’s administrative offices and information center.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened on November 13th, 1982.  Designed by architect Maya Lin, its centerpiece is the Memorial Wall.  This wall, made up of two 246 feet 9 inches long black gabbro slabs, has the names of Vietnam servicemen MIA (missing in action) and KIA (killed in action) etched into them.

The Lincoln Memorial honors the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, who presided over the country during the American Civil War.  The memorial’s architect, Henry Bacon, built the structure from 1914-1922 as homage to Greek Doric temples.  Sculptor Daniel Chester French created the most famous sculpture in the memorial, however.  French’s Abraham Lincoln depicts Lincoln sitting upon a throne.  On either side of this statue are inscriptions of two famous speeches by President Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address.  Another world famous speech was given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th, 1963, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  This is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The Washington Monument honors the first President of the United States, George Washington.  This obelisk, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is the world’s tallest stone structure and obelisk, standing at 554 feet 7 and 11/32 inch (169.045 meters) tall.  Construction began in 1848 and ended in 1884.

The United States Capitol, completed in 1800, serves as the seat for the United States Congress, which includes the House of Representatives and the Senate.  As with the White House, the Capitol was designed in neoclassical style with a white exterior.  The White House, though not located within the National Mall, is another world famous landmark in Washington D.C.  It has served as the official residence of the U.S. President since John Adams in 1800.  Designed by architect James Hoban, the structure is made from white-painted Aquia Creek sandstone.  The modern day White House Complex includes the Executive Residence, West Wing, East Wing, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (which now houses offices for the President’s staff and the Vice President), and Blair House, a guest residence.

Washington, D.C. is also home to five major professional sports teams.  The NFL’s Washington Redskins play their home games at FedEx Field. (located in Landover, Maryland)  They’ve won three Super Bowls.  MLB’s Washington Nationals play at Nationals Park.  The NHL’s Washington Capitals play in the Verizon Center and have won one Stanley Cup.  The NBA’s Washington Wizards also play in the Verizon Center and also have one championship to their name.  MLS’ D.C. United play in RFK Stadium.  They have won four MLS cups.

Do you own a small business in the Washington, D.C. area?  Are you thinking about starting one?  These resources could help you:

Apply for a Business License in Washington, D.C.

District of Columbia Small Business Development Center

DC Chamber of Commerce

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