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Washington D.C., Became the Capital
July 16, 1790

Where are the White House, the Capitol, and the Washington Monument? Just where they should be--in the capital of the United States. On July 16, 1790, Congress declared the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States. Who decided how the new city should look?

President George Washington commissioned French engineer Pierre-Charles L'Enfant to create a plan for the city. What did L'Enfant do to make the new capital different from other cities?

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