When making comparisons about history, DC doesn't stack up very well against Paris. On the one hand, you've got a town that had its origins long before the Romans and on the other, well let's just say that when Washington, DC was created as the capital of the U.S. in 1791, it was little more than a wide spot in the road. True, there had been Native Americans in the area for thousands of years prior, but today, precious little remains of their dwelling in this area.
In Paris, it's not unusual to run across an inscription like this:
(In case your French and French history are in need of refreshing, the event noted here took place in 1610.)
And though there's no shortage of more recent history that's marked in and around DC, these two markers are more in keeping with the American notion that history doesn't matter.
But don't think this is the last word on the subject from me. DC's short history has plenty of great stories and I look forward to sharing some of them with you.