How did Richmond, VA get its name?
Richmond is a masculine name and is pronounced rich-mond. It is of Old French origin. It means "a rich hill". There are other opinions about the origin of the word Richmond. It could also be of the Old German origin, in which case it means "powerful protector".
Richmond is also the capital town Swaledale in France and was originally called Hindrelac. The name Richmond was later changed to Riche-Monte which means a strong-hill.
The site of Richmond, was initially settled by English settlers from Jamestown in 1609. Prior to 1607, the Powhatan Indian tribe lived in the region. The current day city of Richmond was founded in 1737. Richmond became the capital of the Colony of Virginia in 1780. Several notable events occurred in the city, during the Revolutionary War timeframe, including Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech in 1775 at St. John's Church. It was a critical and defining moment for deciding Virginia's participation in the First Continental Congress and setting the course for revolution and independence. Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate States of America, during the Civil War, and today many important American Civil War landmarks remain. A few of which include the Virginia State Capitol and the White House of the Confederacy.
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