Why is Washington DC called the District of Columbia?

Why is Washington DC called the District of Columbia?

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Washington DC is called the District of Columbia because it was established as a federal district under the United States Constitution. The name "Columbia" was chosen as a reference to Christopher Columbus, while "District" refers to the area being separate and distinct from any state. The creation of the federal district was intended to serve as the seat of the federal government and to avoid favoring any particular state by locating the capital within its borders.

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