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Washington DC 1851


A map of Washington DC was created in 1851 - a time of relative peace in the United States. Millard Fillmore was president, California had just become a state, and the Capitol building was undergoing an expansion project to accommodate the nation’s growing size. By this point, Washington DC had been the nation’s capital for about 60 years, although many buildings were newer than that since they had been destroyed in the “Burning of Washington” near the end of the War of 1812. In this lesson, successful students will use a “spyglass map” to explore the 1851 map in detail and compare and contrast with the present day layout and structure of Washington DC.

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