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A History of the National Capital, Vol. 1: From Its Foundation Through the Period of the Adoption of the Organic Act (Classic Reprint)

William Bogart Bryan

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ISBN 10: 1331472997 / ISBN 13: 9781331472995
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A Vital consideration in selecting the location of the seat of government of the United States was convenience of access to all portions of the country. It was to be central as to population and as to territory. Moreover, it was to be on a navigable river connecting the Atlantic on the one side with the great western country on the other. There was another element. The jurisdiction of the general government must be supreme. There must be no divided sovereignty, no state to exercise equal authority with the general government, or in fact, any authority except federal where the government was to be placed. It is not a matter of surprise that the first emphasis was placed almost at the outset of this discussion upon centrality. For in the year 1783, when this question first arose, and which witnessed the signing of the treaty of peace between the United States and England, and the close of the struggle of the colonies for independence, which had begun eight years before, communication between the different portions of the country was slow and difficult.

To-day the people of Philadelphia in point of time are as near the Pacific coast as the residents of that city in the year 1783 were to Boston. Then stage coaches, pursuing their lumbering way over roads that were rough and dangerous, went at the rate of about two miles an hour.

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