Did You Know New York City Was Originally The Capital Of The U.S?

Did You Know New York City Was Originally The Capital Of The U.S?

New York City often referred to as the City Of New York is home to over 8 million people with an average of 200 languages spoken is often hailed as the most dynamic city in the world.
New York City exerts global dominance in technology, transportation, finance, healthcare, and education. The rich cultural, historical and economic policies transformed the city into a global hotspot, it is a major tourist destination attracting millions of visitors yearly.

In 1789 New York City served as America’s first capital city and was crucial to the formation of the new government after defeating the British in the Revolutionary War.

Why New York City Became The First Capital City Of The United States

After the British-American War, the federal government of the United States was facing bankruptcy and was unable to remunerate the gallant soldiers who fought in the War.
In 1983, due to the pressing issue of agitation from the soldiers over unpaid wages, the United States Congress decided to meet in the present day Independence Hall in Philadelphia to deliberate and proffer solution.

The frustrated and unpaid soldiers in solidarity marched to the Independence Hall and barricaded the door. In response, Congress delegated Alexander Hamilton to negotiate with the aggrieved soldiers. Fearing for their safety Hamilton sent a letter to Pennsylvania requesting for their militia to offer protection to the lawmakers.

Hamilton’s request was not approved, which led the Congress to relocate to many cities including Maryland, New Jersey, Trenton, and New York City.

After deliberation, the Congress of the Confederation in 1785 chose New York City as the new seat of government. The Federal Hall was the location of the inauguration of the first democratically elected American president. The Federal Hall also doubles as the first US Capitol building and the first assembly of the United States Congress.

How New York City Lost The Nation’s Capital To Philadelphia

After the American-British War, many states were facing bankruptcy, and the federal government’s plan to absorb the debt was a bold move, meaning the wealthy region will be tasked to offset the debts incurred.

The United States Constitution which was drafted by 1787 gave Congress the power to decide the location for the new Federal District. Germantown and Lancaster were the two proposed states. However influential Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison had agreed to move it to the south (present-day Washington). But Robert Morris renegotiation resulted in Philadelphia becoming the new capital city.

The capital city was moved to present-day Washington DC after the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia.

George Washington

George Washington was the first democratically elected president of the United States of America on April 30, 1789. He was unanimously re-elected in the presidential election of 1792.

George Washington was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American-British War and he proved his valor. His numerous policies help shaped America’s democracy and established the site of the permanent capital of the United States. His achievements as president of the United States is enormous and he is considered as one of America’s greatest president alongside Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt by political historians and scholars.

Originally posted 2020-08-11 06:00:07. Latest Buzz On IbuzzUp Media



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