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Here is a list of American capital cities that serve or have served as state capitals, country capitals, capitals of territories of the U.S., unincorporated U.S. areas capitals, colonial capitals, and Native American capitals.
Washington, D.C. (formally the District of Columbia), has been the federal capital of the U.S. since 1800. Each state of the United States of America has its own capital, as do various of its insular areas. Most U.S. states have not switched their capital since admission to the Union, but the capitals of their corresponding prior kingdoms, territories, colonies, and republics commonly altered many times. There are other governments in the present boundaries of America with their individual capital cities, like the Native American Tribal nations in the U.S., Republic of Texas, and other anonymous governments.
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The United States of America
The United States, which is located in North America, is the world’s fourth largest country. Covering an area of approximately 3,796,742 square miles, the United States is composed of 50 states and the federal district of Washington D.C, which is the capital of the country. Of these 50 states, 48 are contiguous and are located between the nations of Canada and Mexico. The other two states are Alaska and Hawaii. While Alaska is located in the northwestern part of North America, Hawaii is located in the mid-Pacific and is an archipelago.
Among these, Alaska is the largest state of the country. The state comprises an area of 665,384 square miles. Meanwhile, the state of Rhode Island, which is located in the New England region of the northeastern United States, is the smallest in terms of area. It covers an area of just 1,545 square miles.
Comprising a population of approximately 39,512,223 people, California is the most populous state of the country, while Wyoming is the least populous with 578,759 people residing in the state.
Delaware, which is situated in the northeastern regions of the United States, was one of the original 13 colonies that took part in the American Revolution. On December 7, 1787, Delaware ratified the Constitution, becoming the first state to do so. The past two centuries have witnessed many other states joining the Union and the most recent case is that of Hawaii. Hawaii was admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959.
The U.S. contains 50 states, 1 federal district, 326 Indian reservations, 5 major unincorporated areas, and few small possessions. In terms of total area, the United States is the fourth largest nation in the world. The USA comprises 3.8 million sq mi or 9.8 million sq km. The United States accord significantly large land borders with Canada and Mexico. Moreover, it shares defined maritime borders with countries like the Bahamas, Cuba, and Russia. The USA has a population of more than .331 billion residents, which makes it the 3rd most populous nation in the world. New York City is the most populous city and the national capital is Washington D.C..
12,000 years ago, the Paleo-Indians migrated to the North American mainland from Siberia. In the 16th century, European colonization commenced. The United States evolved from the thirteen British colonies set up along the East Coast. The American Revolutionary War, which took place from 1775 and lasted till 1783, happened because of disputes over taxation and political representation with Great Britain. The American War brought independence to the USA. In the late 18th century, the USA began expanding its territories across North America. It gradually obtained new territories, at times through war. These small wars also resulted in the displacement of the Native Americans. The USA also formed new states by expanding its total area. Slavery was legal in the Southern United States till the second half of the 19th century. There are two wars that made the USA superior in the world. The Spanish-American war and the First World War propelled the USA to the top of the list of powerful countries.
During the Cold War, the United States fought the Korean War. However, it avoided direct military confrontation with the Soviet Union. Both the Soviet Union and the USA competed in the space race. In 1969, the first spaceflight was able to land humans on the moon. The dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 ended the Cold War. In other words, the USA emerged as the sole superpower of the world.
The United States is a federal republic and a representative democracy. It comprises three separate government branches, which also includes a bicameral legislature. The USA is the founding member of the United Nations, IMF, NATO, World Bank, and other international organizations. It is also the primary member of the United Nations Security Council. The USA is regarded as the melting point of ethnicities and cultures. The population of the USA has been dramatically influenced by centuries of immigration. The nation ranks relatively high in international measures of quality of life, economic freedom, human rights, low corruption levels, and education. On the contrary, the United States has received inequality on the basis of wealth, income, and race. The USA has higher rates of capital punishment, incarceration, and a lack of universal healthcare.
The USA is a highly developed nation and accounts for approximately a quarter of the global GDP. It is also the world’s largest economy by GDP along with market exchange values. In terms of value, the USA is the world’s largest importer and second-largest exporter of goods. The population of the USA is only 4.2% of the world’s total population. However, it still holds 29.4% of the natural wealth in the world. In simple words, it is the most significant share held by any nation. This also makes the United States the most enormous military power in the world. The USA is also a leading political, cultural, and scientific force internationally.
History of the United States
The history of the U.S. was preceded by the landing of Native Americans in the continent of North America about 15,000 BC. Various indigenous civilizations developed, and numerous departed in the 1500s. The advent of Christopher Columbus in 1492 initiated the European settlement of the Americas. Maximum settlements were established after 1600, and the U.S. was the 1st country whose most far ancestors are completely documented. By the 1760s, the 13 British settlements or colonies consisted of 2.5 million humans on the Coast of Atlantic east of the Mountains of Appalachian. After overthrowing France, British rule enforced a set of taxes, along with the 1765 Stamp Act, denying the colonists' constitutional debate that recent taxes required their endorsement. Refusal to these new taxes, specifically the 1773 Boston Tea Party, got to Parliament declaring punishing laws formed to stop self-government. Armed combat began in 1775 in Massachusetts.
In Philadelphia, in 1776, the 2nd Continental Congress announced the independence of the settlements or colonies as the "U.S.". Managed by a General named George Washington, it conquered the Revolutionary War. The reconciliation treaty of 1783 formed the borders of the new country. The Confederation Articles settled a central government, though it was futile at giving strength as it could not gather taxes and had no governing officer. A council wrote a different Constitution that was followed in 1789 and a Bill of new Rights was further added to the Constitution in 1791 to assure basic rights. With George Washington as the 1st president with his chief adviser Alexander Hamilton, a stable central government was formed. Acquirement of the Territory of Louisiana in 1803 from France doubled the area of the U.S..
Determined by the concept of unmistakable destiny, the U.S. widened to the Pacific Coast. While the United States was extensive in terms of total area. In 1790, its population was only four million. The population increased expeditiously and the growth of the economy was even greater. In comparison to European powers, the United State’s military power was comparatively finite in peacetime before 1940. The Westernmost spread was guided by a pursuit for low-cost land for servant farmers and slaveholders. The development of slavery was progressively contentious and inflamed constitutional and political wars, which were settled by compromises. Bondage or slavery was eradicated in all U.S. states north of the line of Mason–Dixon by 1804, though the South maintained the slavery, majorly for the manufacturing of cotton. Abraham Lincoln was voted-in as a president of U.S. in 1860 on a podium of stopping the spread of slavery. 7 slave states from the south rebelled and established the base of the Confederacy. In 1861 a strike on a federal fort initiated a Civil War. The collapse of the Confederates in 1865 got to the abrogation of slavery. In the Reorganization age after the war, constitutional and voting powers were elongated to discharged slaves. The United State’s government developed much more stable and stronger, and had a definite duty to save everyone's rights. Nonetheless, when white people from the South returned to their power in 1877, generally by paramilitary elimination of voting, they created Jim Crow acts to preserve white dominance, along with new depriving state laws that stopped maximum African Americans and various Poor Whites from balloting.
The U.S. developed into the world's top industrial and economic power at the change of the 20th century, as a result of an eruption of industrialization and entrepreneurship and the arrival of lots of immigrant laborers and farmers. A country-wide railroad system was finished and a large number of mines and industries were settled. Huge disapproval with corruption, incapability, and old politics accelerated the Progressive evolution, from 1890s to 1920s, leading to transformations, together with the governmental income tax, straightforward balloting of Senators, liquor restriction, and women's right to vote. Originally uninvolved amid World War I, in 1917, the U.S. announced war on Germany and financed the Allied triumph the next year. Later in the wealthy booming Twenties, the Crash of Wall Street in 1929 noted as the beginning of the decade-long global Great Depression. The president of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt executed his New Deal set of programs, along with help for the jobless, assistance for agriculturist, Social Security, and a minimum salary. The New Deal exemplified present American liberalism. In 1941, after the Japan’s strike on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. began to be involved in World War II and funded the alliance determined war attempt, and assisted beating Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. Its participation later reached a climax using freshly developed nuclear weapons on 2 Japan’s cities to beat Japan in the Pacific War.
The U.S. and the Soviet Union developed as rival powerful nations in the outcome of World War II. At the time of the Cold War, the 2 nations stood up to each other discursively in the arms chase, the Space chase, biased or misleading campaigns, and confined wars against the expansion of communist. In the 1960s, in huge part because of the power of the civil rights evolution or movement, one more stream of social reforms was executed which imposed the essential authority of voting and freedom of evolution to African Americans and more minorities affected with racism. In 1991, the Cold War finished with the disintegration of the Soviet Union, allowing the U.S. as the only global superpower. Foreign strategy and policy following the Cold War has centralized on current disagreements in the Middle East, specifically in reply to the September 11 strikes and the growth of the Levant and Iraq's Islamic State. At the dawn of the 21st century, the U.S. was involved in the Great Recession and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, followed by a lower percentage of economic success amid these eras.
Capitals of United States
According to the Articles of Confederation, which came into force on March 1, 1781, the United States did not have a permanent capital. The cities mentioned below were those places where the colonial American congresses held their meetings. The current Constitution of the United States was ratified in 1787. The constitution bestowed upon the Congress the power to exercise ‘exclusive legislation over a district that was to the the United States government’s seat of power. This was to be after cession of particular states and the acceptance of the Congress.
The meeting of the first Congress took place at the Federal Hall in New York. The Residence Act was passed in 1790. As per this act, the the national capital was the be established at a place along the Potomac River. This place came to be known as Washington D.C. But for the next ten years, i.e.. until 1800, Philadelphia, was the temporary capital of United States and the meetings took place at the Congress Hall. On November 17, 1800, the Congress moved from Philadelphia to Washington D.C and formally convened in the new capital. Since then the Congress has held all its meetings in Washington D.C, except on two occasions. On July, 16, 1987, it met at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The occasion commemorated the 200th anniversary of the constitution’s ratification. On September 6, 2002, it met at the Federal Hall National Memorial in New York. It marked September 11 attacks first anniversary.
From 1754 to 1819, Congress met in numerous locations; therefore, the following cities can be said to have once been the United States capital.
|City||Building||Start Date||End Date||Duration||Governing Body|
|Albany, New York||Stadt Huys||June 19, 1754||July 11, 1754||22 days||Albany Congress|
|New York, New York||City Hall||October 7, 1765||October 25, 1765||23 days||Stamp Act Congress|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Carpenters' Hall||September 5, 1774||October 26, 1774||1 month and 21 days||First Continental Congress|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Independence Hall||May 10, 1775||December 12, 1776||1 year, 7 months and 2 days||Second Continental Congress|
|Baltimore, Maryland||Henry Fite House||December 20, 1776||February 27, 1777||2 months and 7 days||Second Continental Congress|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Independence Hall||March 5, 1777||September 18, 1777||6 months and 13 days||Second Continental Congress|
|Lancaster, Pennsylvania||Court House||September 27, 1777||September 27, 1777||1 day||Second Continental Congress|
|York, Pennsylvania||Court House||September 30, 1777||June 27, 1778||8 months and 28 days||Second Continental Congress|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||College Hall||July 2, 1778||March 1, 1781||2 years, 7 months and 27 days||Second Continental Congress|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Independence Hall||March 2, 1781||June 21, 1783||2 years, 3 months and 19 days||Congress of the Confederation|
|Princeton, New Jersey||Nassau Hall||June 30, 1783||November 4, 1783||4 months and 5 days||Congress of the Confederation|
|Annapolis, Maryland||Maryland State House||November 26, 1783||August 19, 1784||8 months and 24 days||Congress of the Confederation|
|Trenton, New Jersey||French Arms Tavern||November 1, 1784||December 24, 1784||1 month and 23 days||Congress of the Confederation|
|New York, New York||City Hall||January 11, 1785||October 6, 1788||3 years, 11 months and 5 days||Congress of the Confederation|
|New York, New York||Federal Hall||March 4, 1789||December 5, 1790||1 year, 9 months and 1 day||United States Congress|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Congress Hall||December 6, 1790||May 14, 1800||9 years, 5 months and 8 days||United States Congress|
|District of Columbia||United States Capitol||November 17, 1800||August 24, 1814||13 years, 9 months and 7 days||United States Congress|
|Washington, D.C.||Blodgett's Hotel||September 19, 1814||December 7, 1815||1 year, 2 months and 18 days||United States Congress|
|Washington, D.C.||Old Brick Capitol||December 4, 1815||March 3, 1819||3 years, 2 months and 27 days||United States Congress|
|Washington, D.C.||United States Capitol||March 4, 1819||present||201 years, 9 months and 16 days||United States Congress|
US States and Capitals
The United States comprises 50 states and each state has a capital. The capital of each state serves as its seat of government and is home to many government buildings. Of these 50 states, 25 states have changed their capitals at least once. Ten states belong to the group of the thirteen original states. Oklahoma was the last state to change its capital. In 1910, Oklahoma moved its capital from Guthrie to Oklahoma City.
The ‘Capital Since’ column in the following table list the years when that particular city became the capital of the state.
|S.N.||State||Abr.||State-hood||Capital||Capital since||Area (mi²)||Capital Population (2019 est.)||Population Rank in State (City Proper)|
|31||New Mexico||NM||1912||Santa Fe||1610||37.3||84,683||4|
|44||Utah||UT||1896||Salt Lake City||1858||109.1||200,567||1|
Insular area capitals
An isolated or insular area is a US territory that is not either a part of one of the 50 states nor a part of the DC (District of Columbia), the US's federal district. Those insular territories with their capitals are mentioned below.
Capitals of US Insular Areas
|Insular area||Abr.||Date||Capital||Population (2010)|
|American Samoa||AS||1899||Pago Pago||3,656|
|Northern Mariana Islands||MP||1947||Saipan||48,220|
|Puerto Rico||PR||1898||San Juan||3,95,326|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||VI||1917||Charlotte Amalie||18,481|
Former national capitals
Kingdom and Republic of Hawaii
Before becoming a territory of the US in 1898, Hawaii was an independent nation. 5 sites served as its capital:
|Kingdom of Hawaii||Waikīkī||1795 - 1796|
|Hilo||1796 - 1803|
|Kailua-Kona||1812 - 1820|
|Lahaina||1820 - 1845|
|Honolulu||1803 - 1812|
|1845 - January 17, 1893|
|January 17, 1893 - July 4, 1894 (as the seat of the Hawaii's Provisional Government after the dethrone of the Kingdom of Hawaii)|
|Republic of Hawaii||July 4, 1894 - July 7, 1898|
|Territory of Hawaii||July 7, 1898 - 1959 (covered by the Newlands Resolution to turn into the Territory of Hawaii)|
|State of Hawaii||1959 - till date (Hawaii on becoming a state of the US in 1959)|
Republic of Texas
Prior to joining the US under the Texas Annexation in 1845, the state of Texas was an autonomous nation acknowledged as the Republic of Texas. 7 cities served as its capital:
|Washington (now Washington-on-the-Brazos)||1836|
|Harrisburg (now part of Houston)||1836|
|Houston||1837 - 1839|
|Austin||1839 - 1845 (present capital)|
Native American capitals
Few Native American tribes, especially the 5 Civilized Tribes, formed their states with capitals and constitutions in Western style. Rest, like the Iroquois, had long-existing, pre-Columbian custom of a 'capitol' longhouse where council fires and wampum were continued with significant status. Since they did trade with the United States Federal Government, these capitals can be observe as officially accepted in some sense.
|New Echota||1825 - 1832|
|Red Clay||1832 - 1838|
|Tahlequah||1839 - 1907, 1938 - present|
|Cherokee||20th century - present (Cherokee's Eastern Band)|
Muscogee Creek Nation
|Hot Springs, Arkansas c.||1837-1866|
Seneca Nation of Indians
|Onondaga (Onondaga privilege c.)||1450-present|
Jimerson Town (Allegany Reservation)
Irving (Cattaraugus Reservation)
Unrecognized national capitals
There have been few nations inside the present borders of the US which were never officially accepted as constitutionally autonomous sovereign entities; but, these entities did have actual regulation over their respective areas at the time of their existence.
|Windsor||1777 - 1791|
State of Franklin
|Jonesborough, Tennessee||1784 - ?|
|Greeneville, Tennessee||1785? - ?|
State of Muskogee
|Miccosukee||1799 - 1803|
Republic of West Florida
|St. Francisville, Louisiana||1810|
Republic of Indian Stream
|Pittsburg, New Hampshire||1832 - 1835|
|Montgomery||February 4, 1861 - May 29, 1861|
|Richmond||May 29, 1861 - April 3, 1865|
Historical state, territorial, and colonial capitals
Many of the original 13 Colonies had their capitals captured or assaulted by the British at the time of the American Revolutionary War. State administration worked where and as they could. The New York City was captured by British army from 1776 to 1783. A same situation happened at the time of the War of 1812, during the time of American Civil War in various Confederate states, and at the time of the Pueblo Revolution of 1680 - 1692 in New Mexico.
22 state capitals have been a capital for a long period of time than their state has been a state, since they operated as the capital of a former colony, territory, or republic. Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, has been an administrative capital since 1630; it is the most aged continuously-operating capital in the US. Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, is the earliest capital city, having develop into capital in 1610 and disrupted only by the preceding Pueblo Revolt. An even much older Spanish city, St. Augustine in Florida, operated as a colonial administrative capital from 1565 until about 1820, for more than 250 years.
The table below consists the following facts and information:
The year mentioned for every capital is the starting date; the final date is the starting date for the heir except otherwise mentioned.
In some cases, capitals of historical administrations were outside of the present boarders of a state. (Those capital cities are mainly shown with the 2 letter abbreviation for the US state in which the previous capital is now situated.)
NOTE: For the first 13 states, formerly the 13 Colonies of Britain on the Atlantic coast, the year of admission to union is shown as 1776 (US Declaration of Independence) instead of the following year each state approved the 1787 US Constitution.
Historical capitals in the USA
|Alabama (Statehood in 1819)||San Agustín||1565|
|Heard's Fort (GA)||1780|
|Alaska (Statehood in 1959)||Novo-Arkhangelsk Sitka||1808|
|Arizona (Statehood in 1912)||Santa Fe (NM)||1848|
|San Antonio (TX)||1862|
|Arkansas (Statehood in 1836)||Saint-Louis||1765|
|California (Statehood in 1850)||Loreto (BCS)||1770|
|Presidio Reál de San Carlos de Monterey||1777|
|Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe||1850|
|Colorado (Statehood in 1876)||Denver City||1859|
|Connecticut (Statehood in 1776)||Fort Amsterdam (NY)||1625|
|Delaware (Statehood in 1776)||Fort Kristina||1638|
|Florida (Statehood in 1845)||Fort de la Caroline||1564|
|Santa María de Ochuse Pensacola||1763|
|Georgia (Statehood in 1776)||San Agustín||1565|
|Hawaii (Statehood in 1959)||Lahaina||1820|
|Idaho (Statehood in 1890)||Oregon City (OR)||1843|
|Illinois (Statehood in 1818)||Marietta (OH)||1788|
|Indiana (Statehood in 1816)||Marietta (OH)||1788|
|Iowa (Statehood in 1846)||St. Louis (MO)||1765|
|Kansas (Statehood in 1861)||St. Louis||1765|
|Kentucky (Statehood in 1792)||Williamsburg (VA)||1699|
|Louisiana (Statehood in 1812)||San Agustín||1565|
|Baton Rouge||1882||Maine (Statehood in 1820)||Île Sainte-Croix||1604
|Maryland (Statehood in 1776)||St. Mary's City||1634|
|Massachusetts (Statehood in 1776)||Plimouth||1620|
|Michigan (Statehood in 1837)||Marietta (OH)||1788|
|Minnesota (Statehood in 1858)||St. Louis (MO)||1765|
|Iowa City (IA)||1841|
|Mississippi (Statehood in 1817)||San Agustín||1565|
|Heard's Fort (GA)||1780|
|Missouri (Statehood in 1821)||St. Louis||1765|
|Montana (Statehood in 1889)||St. Louis (MO)||1765|
|Fort Vancouver (WA)||1825|
|Oregon City (OR)||1843|
|Nebraska (Statehood in 1867)||St. Louis (MO)||1765|
|Nevada (Statehood in 1864)||Fillmore (UT)||1850|
|Salt Lake City (UT)||1858|
|New Hampshire (Statehood in 1776)||Boston (MA)||1630|
|New Jersey (Statehood in 1776)||Fort Amsterdam (NY)||1625|
|Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth)||1665|
|New Mexico (Statehood in 1912)||San Juan de los Caballeros||1598|
|La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís||1610|
|El Paso del Norte (now Ciudad Juárez CHH)||1680|
|La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís Santa Fe||1692|
|San Antonio (TX)||1862|
|New York (Statehood in 1776)||New-York||1625|
|North Carolina (Statehood in 1776)||San Agustín (FL)||1565|
|North Dakota (Statehood in 1889)||St. Louis (MO)||1765|
|Iowa City (IA)||1841|
|Saint Paul (MN)||1849|
|Ohio (Statehood in 1803)||Marietta||1788|
|Oklahoma (Statehood in 1907)||St. Louis (MO)||1765|
|Arkansas Post (AR)||1819|
|Little Rock (AR)||1821|
|Oregon (Statehood in 1859)||Champoeg||1843|
|Pennsylvania (Statehood in 1776)||Philadelphia||1682|
|Rhode Island (Statehood in 1776)||Providence||1636|
|South Carolina (Statehood in 1776)||San Agustín (FL)||1565|
|South Dakota (Statehood in 1889)||St. Louis (MO)||1765|
|Iowa City (IA)||1841|
|Saint Paul (MN)||1849|
|Tennessee (Statehood in 1796)||New Bern (NC)||1712|
|White's Fort Knoxville||1791|
|Texas (Statehood in 1845)||Los Adaes (LA)||1729|
|San Antonio de Béxar (now San Antonio)||1772|
|Washington (now Washington-on-the-Brazos)||1836|
|Utah (Statehood in 1896)||Salt Lake City||1849|
|Salt Lake City||1858|
|Vermont (Statehood in 1791)||Westminster||1777|
|Virginia (Statehood in 1776)||Jamestown||1619|
|Middle Plantation Williamsburg||1698|
|Washington (Statehood in 1889)||Champoeg (OR)||1843|
|Oregon City (OR)||1843|
|West Virginia (Statehood in 1863)||Jamestown (VA)||1619|
|Middle Plantation (VA) Williamsburg (VA)||1698|
|Wisconsin (Statehood in 1848)||Marietta (OH)||1788|
|Wyoming (Statehood in 1890)||Lewiston (ID)||1863|