Updated at 2022-04-17
The eagle on the emblem of the United States, it clutches an olive branch in one claw and arrows in the other, representing a strong desire for peace, but will always be ready for war. Many mistakingly believe that the eagle on the Great Seal is the white-tailed eagle. In actuality, it is a species of sea eagle native to North America - the bald eagle. The bookends in the picture are in the shape of bald eagles with open wings.
Area: 177 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 700,000
Main industries/features: Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States, located at the junction of West Virginia and Maryland. After the American Revolutionary War, the northern and southern states had disagreements over the location of the capital. The northern states wanted New York to be the capital, while the southern states wanted the capital to be in the south. After much negotiation and concessions, the capital was set at the current location in Washington, D.C.