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In the 1690s, the capital of Virginia was moved from Jamestown to a small town called Middle Plantation. The town was later named Williamsburg in honor of England's King William III. Williamsburg became the first planned town in America when Virginia Gov. Francis Nicholson ordered a new design for the city. From 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the political center of Virginia until the capital moved to Richmond.