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GTOWN_221127_01.JPG: Benjamin Banneker and Suter's Tavern
When President Washington commissioned Andrew Ellicott to mark the boundaries of the nation’s capital in 1791, Ellicott chose Benjamin Banneker as his assistant. One of Maryland’s most illustrious free African Americans, Banneker was a mathematician and astronomer. The first plans for the “Federal City” were delivered to Washington at Suter’s Tavern, also known as the Fountain Inn, making it the birthplace of the nation’s capital. Occasionally slave auctions were held outside. Ellicott and engineer Pierre L’Enfant made the inn their headquarters while planning the city, and the first auction of lots to raise money for the federal buildings took place there, grossing a little over $2,000. Rather than lodging in Suter’s, Banneker slept in a tent at the surveyors’ camp and worked on the first of his six almanacs. He sent one to Thomas Jefferson, as proof of the intellectual ability of African Americans.
Wikipedia Description: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
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Georgetown is a neighborhood located in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River waterfront. Founded in 1751, the city of Georgetown substantially predated the establishment of the city of Washington and the District of Columbia. By 1776, Georgetown was one of the largest cities in Maryland, and retained its separate municipal status until 1871, when it was annexed by the City of Washington. Today, the primary commercial corridors of Georgetown are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, which contain high-end shops, bars, and restaurants. Georgetown is home to the main campus of Georgetown University, as well as the embassies of France, Mongolia, Sweden, Thailand, and Ukraine.
First settled by Europeans in 1696, Georgetown was incorporated as a town and first regularly settled in 1751, when the area was part of the British colony of the Province of Maryland (initially in Frederick County and later in Montgomery County), later one of the 13 colonies. Situated on the fall line, Georgetown was the farthest point upstream to which oceangoing boats could navigate the Potomac River. It grew into a thriving port and became a key point for transferring goods, particularly tobacco, from boats on the Potomac to boats on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
Origin of the name:
Georgetown was founded in 1751 during the reign of George II of Great Britain in Frederick County, Maryland (in a section later to become Montgomery County) by George Beall and George Gordon as the Town of George. Given the curious coincidence of the both of the founders' first names and that of the English king at the time, historians dispute the source of the name of the town: One theory suggests that it was designated to honor King George II, while another argues that it was named for its founders.
George Washington frequented Suter's Tavern in Georgetown, and worked out many l ...More...
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2022 photos: This year included major setbacks -- including Putin's invasion of Ukraine and the Supreme Court imposing the evangelical version of sharia law -- but also some steps forward like the results of the midterms.
This website had its 20th anniversary in August, 2022.
Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(February) a visit to see Dad and Dixie in Asheville, NC with some other members of my family,
(July) a trip out west for the return of San Diego Comic-Con, and
(October) a long weekend in New York to cover New York Comic-Con.
Number of photos taken this year: about 386,000, up 2020 and 2021 levels but still way below pre-pandemic levels.
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