A History of Washington, D.C. from Its Early Settlement

Archaeological evidence indicates American Indians settled in the area at least 4,000 years ago, around the Anacostia River. Introduction The history of Washington, D.C., is tied to its role as the capital of the United States. Originally inhabited by an Algonquian-speaking people known as the Nacotchtank, the site of the District of Columbia along the Potomac River was first selected by President George Washington.[…]