The independent city of Williamsburg, located in the state of Virginia, holds a special place in American history. It is frequently voted “Best Historic City in America” by numerous travel organizations. Originally known as the capital of the Virginia Colony, the largest British colony in the U.S., Williamsburg played a big role in events leading up to Revolutionary War against England; it is here that General George Washington gathered together his army and prepared to fight for American independence from Britain. Williamsburg is also the home of the famous William and Mary College, which educated famous American presidents including Thomas Jefferson, John Tyler, and James Monroe. Williamsburg is a premier destination for historians the world over seeking to see and appreciate U.S. Colonial history.