Before Washington, DC became the capital city of the United States, it was a sprawling, 100-square-mile plot of plantations, forests, and hills.
The city’s urban plan was the brainchild of French immigrant and architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant, who envisioned an egalitarian design for the District — a vision that was a physical manifestation of the American dream. In the 18th century, L’Enfant filled DC with plenty of public space, including parks, plazas, and wide sidewalks.
Over time, DC transformed from a modest Native American settlement into the dense metropolis it is today.
Let’s take a look at this journey:
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In the early 17th century, several native tribes of the Piscataway people lived on the land that is DC today.
Conflicts with European colonists forced the Piscataway to form a new home in Maryland in 1699.
In 1790, Congress established Washington, District of Columbia, a 100-square-mile district along the Potomac River.
A year later, three commissioners managing the capital’s construction named it in honor of President George Washington. The district was named Columbia, a fond name for the US at the time.
Washington enlisted Pierre Charles L’Enfant, a French immigrant and engineer for …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology