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Washington, D.C.

Summary
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly called Washington or D.C., is the capital city of the United States. The city is located on the east bank of the Potomac River, which forms its southwestern border with Virginia, and borders Maryland to its north and east. The city was named for George Washington, a Founding Father, victorious commanding general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War, and the first president of the United States who is sometimes referred to as "Father of his country"; the district is named for Columbia, the female personification of the nation. Washington, D.C. is at the southern end of the Northeast megalopolis, one of the nation's largest and most influential cultural, political, and economic regions that runs along the coast from Boston in the north to Washington, D.C. in the south and includes New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. As the seat of the U.S. federal government and several international organizati
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