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Old 02-12-2019, 10:31 AM
Status: "Freedom - Diversity - Unity" (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Mars City, TB
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I actually have offered a variation on this theory: White Butte, South Dakota.

....Oh, and all legislative sessions must be held in the dead of winter.

The purpose? Make it so that the nation's capitol is the most boring possible place in the world to do business. So that people who are elected to public office can't wait to leave. They meet, submit bills, debate, vote, and then get the hell out of there. By law, they have to return to their state or district and stay there for 30 days after the end of a congressional session.
Those are great reasons alone to have such a location. The officials should only be at the capital for official business, then get back to their districts and among the people they are to serve. None of that idle foolishness with lobbyists, hanging around DC endlessly with their perks and expensive lunches and dinners. All fraternizing among their own, and applauding each other, miles from their home bases. Their ineffectual ways now show just how much "fat", waste, and dysfunction exists around them currently.
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Old Today, 05:29 AM
 
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Was there any Capital City of British possession of Thirteen Colonies ?? There must have been some administrative center !!! Somehow that part of the History is neglected before US Independence.



Like British had capital City in Calcutta for whole Indian Sub-continent, what was the capital of Thirteen Colonies during British occupation ?
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Old Today, 06:18 AM
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Was there any Capital City of British possession of Thirteen Colonies ?? There must have been some administrative center !!! Somehow that part of the History is neglected before US Independence.

Like British had capital City in Calcutta for whole Indian Sub-continent, what was the capital of Thirteen Colonies during British occupation ?
Apparently there was not. Each province, as each colony was called, had its own royal charter or other founding or creating document. Gradually royal governors were appointed, who reported to London. As far as India went, remember, India was not populated primarily by Europeans. I forget the name of the company that was involved in the British enterprise in India, but Calcutta was presumably its business headquarters. In 1774, when the colonial rebellion started, the original focal point was Boston and environs. Washington did not have an easy time melding the various colonial militias into a united fighting force.

That apparently became less of an issue, though it did not totally disappear, as 1775 rolled into 1776 and Britain rejected the various colonial entreaties for looser ties, much like the ones Britain made available to what's now Canada in 1867 or Australia twenty years later. Britain's position was hardly indefensible; it had just largely funded the aspect of the Seven Years War, known locally as the French and Indian War, to protect the colonies from French domination. The colonists might have been OK with this, except that their military leaders in that war, most notably Washington, were denied "commissions" that they rightfully should have received for their heroic fighting. The British had a decidedly snobbish attitude towards the "colonials."

Indeed, our countries became allies when the British more or less begged for help in WW I. The British had a long time getting over not being masters of their destiny.

Circling back to the "capital" issue the capital of the colonies was where the Continental Congress and its successor, the U.S. Congress sat. As I just read in Hamilton the Continental Congress fled from Philadelphia when the Pennsylvania Militia wouldn't defend the Congress against violence by unpaid soldiers in the Continental Congress. That was how it wound up in New York City. NYC was thus, by default, the capital to which Washington came to be inaugurated. Hamilton surrendered NYC's role in exchange for the federalization of colonial debt.
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