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Old 07-08-2007, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville,Florida
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Take for example the State of Florida's capitol is Tallahassee which is not even close to being the largest city in Florida in size and population.Its not even centrally located at that.
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Old 07-08-2007, 04:54 PM
 
Location: yeah
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It's probably a matter of separating politics from potential influences.
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Old 07-08-2007, 04:54 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Well I guess for one, most people don't like living smack dab in the middle of a state. I guess maybe they put capitals away from the larger cities to help spread the population out more or something.
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Old 07-08-2007, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Colorado, Denver Metro Area
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I think that most are. However, remember that the location of the Capital, for most states, is where most of the early activities began. In time, population changed. So, should the rebuild and keep moving capitals? That would not be a good idea.
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:34 AM
 
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Thats just the way it is, deal with it, lol
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Old 07-09-2007, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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And in many instances some capitals were the largest city in their states, but are no longer. For example, Richmond was the largest city in Virginia for over a century, whereas now it's number 3 or 4. Population changes.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:38 AM
 
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great question. it could be that the capital cities used to be bigger, but state capitals have moved around in many states, and wouldn't the existence of the capital be a good reason to build up a city?

it's as if those in office fear those they govern.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Well I guess for one, most people don't like living smack dab in the middle of a state. I guess maybe they put capitals away from the larger cities to help spread the population out more or something.
I think this may be it, or because they don't want the capital city to be attacked. Houston use to be the capital of Texas, but they moved in to Austin (then Waterloo), because of Indian attacks in Houston or something like that.
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Old 07-09-2007, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Windham, NH
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I always figured that most capitols were chosen for their location within the territory, either centered (easier for all parts of the state to access the capitol in the same amount of time) or near a major navigation point like a river or similar. Back then it took longer to get places than it does now.
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Old 07-09-2007, 10:41 AM
 
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I always figured that most capitols were chosen for their location within the territory, either centered (easier for all parts of the state to access the capitol in the same amount of time) or near a major navigation point like a river or similar. Back then it took longer to get places than it does now.
In some cases, perhaps. But lots of states' present boundaries were not fixed then their capitol was designated.
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