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the area around present day richmond was originally inhabited by the powhatan native american tribe. in 1673 william byrd I was granted lands on the james river and built a fort near present day downtown richmond. william byrd II founded the town of richmond in 1737 and richmond was incorporated in 1742. in 1780 the capital of virginia was moved to richmond from williamsburg. during the civil war richmond was the second capital of the confederacy. in 1862 union general george mc clellan tried to capture richmond during seven days battle but was repulsed by the confederates. after the union victory at petersburg union general ulysses s. grant occupied the city in april 1865. shortly before the capture of richmond the confederate capital was moved to danville virginia. today richmond is the capital of virginia and is a important transportation and manufacturing center. for those interested in american history and architecture richmond has scores of historic sites and many architecturally significant homes and public buildings.

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