I’m sitting in the W in New York city right now, on 39th and 3rd. New York is of course the biggest and most important city in the USA, if not the world, a center of commerce, industry, culture, entertainment and influence.
Just recently I was also in Washington D.C. The Mall is nice but other than that it’s a boring shithole.
How do you think U.S. history would have changed if New York City had remained the capital of the United States, as it was in 1789-1790? Obviously, we can assume that what is now Washington would either not be a city at all, or would be a small and unimportant one, which New York might even be bigger, so let’s just assume that. How else would history have been changed? Or would it not have changed much at all?
(For the sake of this argument let us also assume that New York City would not have been carved into a separate “district,” but would have remained part of the State of New York.)