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Geography and Government
Geography and government

Geography has played a prominent role in the workings of all levels of government in the United States going back to the birth of the country. People often recall viewing maps of the 1607 Jamestown and 1620 Plymouth settlements in textbooks as well as maps of the original 13 colonies. The designation of the federally controlled District of Columbia was carved from land donated by Virginia and Maryland in 1790, but the Virginia donation was returned in 1846. The ever enlarging territorial extent of the newly independent United States steadily moved westward on the map of North America, incorporating new territories that were purchased, militarily acquired, or added through other means, depending on the historical account, by the federal government.

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