During the American Civil War Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy.
Richmond was incorporated in 1742 and has been an independent city since 1871.
As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 204,214; making Richmond the fourth-most populous city in Virginia.
In 1619 early Virginia Company settlers struggling to establish viable moneymaking industries established the Falling Creek Ironworks.
After decades of territorial conflicts with native tribes, the Falls of the James saw more white settlement in the late 1600s and early 1700s.
During the Revolutionary War period, several notable events occurred in the city, including Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech in 1775 at St.