Places named after Christopher Columbus include Colombia, the South American country, Washington, D.C. and Columbia, S.C. Several states in the United States, including Ohio, Georgia, Mississippi and New York have cities named after Columbus. The Columbia River was also named after Christopher Columbus, as was Columbia University.
Colombia is located in the northern part of South America and borders both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean as well as the countries of Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Once a Spanish colony, it achieved independence from Spain on July 20, 1810.
Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States of America. Though it is the capital of the states, it is not part of any state. It is the home to the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court and many museums, memorial parks and buildings.
The Columbia River flows through the Pacific Northwest region of the North American continent. It begins in British Columbia and follows a twisty course from there to the Pacific Ocean as it borders Washington and Oregon. All in all, the course of the Columbia River is about 1,200 miles and encompasses a 259,000-square-mile basin. It has 10 tributaries, including the Deschutes, the Snake, the Yakima and the Willamette.