It was a very early battle of the north versus the south. Many northerners wanted Trenton on the Delaware to be the nation's capitol city. The southerners wanted the location to be on the Potomac on the Delaware. As you can see in the article above, the site on the Potomac was chosen in December, 1801. One can only imagine what Trenton would have become had it indeed become the political center of not only the U.S. but the entire world!