History of Washington DC

A Brief History of D.C. In the early 1600s, settler Captain John Smith arrived in the area that would eventually become our nation’s capital. After pushing out the Native Americans who originally lived in the area, colonists subsequently used the land for farming, until the site was selected for political purpose. At that point, President Washington commissioned French architect Pierre L’Enfant, one of his staff officers at Valley Forge, to design the new city. But,…

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