3-10 Washington D.C. - Our Capital

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The country of the United States of America is often called the U.S. or the U.S.A.  The current capital city of the U.S.A. is named Washington, D.C.  The United States had capital cities in New York City, New York, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before the capital city finally became Washington, D.C.  The abbreviation D.C. stands for District of Columbia.  The capital city of Washington D.C. is named after the first U.S. President, George Washington.   President Washington chose the site for the U.S. capital, Washington D.C., to be built along the Potomac River, between Maryland and Virginia.  A French engineer, named Pierre Charles L'Enfant, was hired to lay out the city plan for the capital.  Washington, D.C. is not a state or part of any state.  Washington D.C. is the headquarters of the U.S. government.  Millions of people from all over the world visit the U.S. capital, Washington D.C., every year.  


Use the information above to complete the statements below.

1.  The United States is often called the U.S.A. or for short.

2.  The capital city of the United States is , D.C.

3.  Before Washington, D.C., the U.S. had capital cities in City, New York and Philadelphia, .

4.  D.C. stands for of .

5.  The capital city of the U.S. was named after

President Bush.

President Jefferson.

President Washington.

President Lincoln.

6.  Washington D.C. is built along which river?

the Mississippi River

the Missouri River

the Washington River

the Potomac River

7.  Washington D.C. is part of any state.

8.  Washington D.C. is the headquarters of the U.S. .



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