FUN WITH MAPS: A rewind special edition Issue 2024-041

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 4, 2024) – In Issue 2024-041 of Fun with Maps, we “rewind” to March 4, 2022 as Steve Kovacs enjoys a little R&R this week. We look back at where the U.S. Congress began on this date in history.   


New York City did host the first session of the First United States Congress, which convened on March 4, 1789 at Federal Hall.  Previously, the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, Baltimore, etc.

The U. S. Congress moved subsequently to Philadelphia, and more south to Washington in 1800.  The site of Washington D. C., previous partly swamp land, was selected as a geographical compromise between northern and southern States. 

Here is an 1859 reissue of the 1664 map of lower Manhattan, – a decade before it was sold to the British by the Dutch.  North is to the left.

Lower Manhattan – 1859 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.