Originally posted by Whereweheaded
reply to post by rogerstigers
Do you see this:
become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be
If I'm not mistaken, this would suggest where the states derive their powers from, albeit, the US constitution Article 1 Section 8.
Yeah I read that a few times to see if I was reading it correctly. My reading suggests that it is giving Congress controll over that 10 square mile plot of land where the Seat of USGov is and authority over all places purchased by the legislature of the State that is hosting the seat of government of the USGov.. with the creation of DC this section became moot.
Upon further investigation, I now see WHY this section was enacted:
The United States capital was originally located in Philadelphia, beginning with the First and Second Continental Congress, followed by the Congress of the Confederation upon gaining independence. In June 1783, a mob of angry soldiers converged upon Independence Hall to demand payment for their service during the American Revolutionary War. Congress requested that John Dickinson, the governor of Pennsylvania, call up the militia to defend Congress from attacks by the protesters. In what became known as the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783, Dickinson sympathized with the protesters and refused to remove them from Philadelphia. As a result, Congress was forced to flee to Princeton, New Jersey on June 21, 1783.
Dickinson's failure to protect the institutions of the national government was discussed at the Philadelphia Convention in 1787. The delegates therefore agreed in Article One, Section 8, of the United States Constitution to give the Congress the power:
To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square [259 km²]) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings
History of D.C.