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a brief

history

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t A map of the city in its early days.

Washington was designed from the ground up to be the capital, with wide avenues, lush parks, and grand buildings. Over the years it has also been a thriving port, an urban fortress in the bloody Civil War, a safe harbor for fleeing slaves, and, after World War II, a flourishing center of arts and culture.

A Meeting of Civilizations and Colonization

Archaic Indians were the first humans to occupy the region, about 6,000 years ago. By the time English soldier John Smith arrived in 1607, the Powhatan tribe was living in the region. The 1614 ...

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