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Washington state is located at the northwestern corner of the 48 contiguous United States. The state’s coastal location and excellent harbors give it a leading role in trade with Alaska, Canada, and countries of the Pacific Rim. Washington cities have sister cities in several countries, and their professional and trade associations commonly include Canadian members. Named for George Washington, the first U.S. president, the state was made from the western part of the Washington Territory, which was ceded by the British Empire in 1846, in accordance with the Oregon Treaty in the settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute. Washington is often referred to as Washington state to distinguish it from the nation's capital, Washington, D.C..
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