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David M. Robertson dmsnake at USIT.NET
Fri Dec 22 02:31:45 UTC 2000

Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

>    Greetings from Canberra.  I was told that Canberra and Brasilia are the
> only two capitals started from scratch.  So what was Washington, D.C.?

I believe Canberra and Brasilia were created out of the "wilderness" far from any
existing towns. The original District of Columbia included the river towns of
Georgetown, Maryland, and Alexandria, Virginia. The part south of the Potomac was
later ceded back to Virginia, but Washington was originally a suburb of


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