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Alexandria, Virginia (Images of America Series)
     

Alexandria, Virginia (Images of America Series)

by George K. Combs, Leslie Anderson, Julia M. Downie
 

Alexandria has a long and storied past. Founded as a colonial tobacco port by English and Scottish merchants in 1749, the city prospered. It became the social and economic center of Northern Virginia and the upper Potomac region. When the nation's capital was established in 1791, Alexandria became a part of the District of Columbia. In 1833, a canal intended to

Overview


Alexandria has a long and storied past. Founded as a colonial tobacco port by English and Scottish merchants in 1749, the city prospered. It became the social and economic center of Northern Virginia and the upper Potomac region. When the nation's capital was established in 1791, Alexandria became a part of the District of Columbia. In 1833, a canal intended to increase trade and revenue nearly bankrupted the city. By the time Alexandria retroceded to Virginia in 1847, it had lost its standing among maritime cities on the Eastern Seaboard. Notable residents have included politicians and military heroes, such as George Washington, Robert E. Lee, and Gerald R. Ford, as well as cultural icons Willard Scott and Jim Morrison. Today's Alexandria includes descendants of free and enslaved African Americans and the progeny of 18th- and 19th-century European immigrants who have joined with "new" Americans to create vibrant 21st-century communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738592381
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
07/02/2012
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
659,978
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


George K. Combs, Leslie Anderson, and Julia M. Downie are librarians in the Special Collections Branch of the Alexandria Library with over 30 years of combined research experience in local history, culture, and society. They used vintage photographs and original documents to show how a small colonial town grew into a modern city.

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