Almost a suburb of Washington, D.C., Alexandria, in northern Virginia is a commercial port on the Potomac river accommodating ocean-going vessels. A fort was built on the site in 1676 to defend the area from attacks by Susquehanna Indians and a community known as Belhaven was founded there in 1731. In 1749, George Washington, then 17, helped plan the city, which became a thriving colonial trade centre and tobacco port. The boyhood home of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee is in the city, and George Washington's home, Mount Vernon, is nearby. Alexandria is named after John Alexander, who purchased land here in 1669.
The main purpose for calling at Alexandria is to visit Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. But, if you have time, you can also reach the Civil War sites of Harpers Ferry and Manassas, site of the first major battle of the Civil War. At Harpers Ferry, some say, the Civil War began with John Brown's raid on the town.
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