|12, -39.0406, 158.9790|
|• Mayor||Brian Marten|
|Elevation||12 m (39 ft)|
|• Estimate (2018)||568,324|
Lafayette is by far the largest city in Whitestone, Federal States. The city is the largest on the FS-1 corridor between Stanton-Warwick and Huntington, therefore it has grown into an important economic and transport hub for the upper southeast. The city dominates Whitestone economically and culturally, as Lafayette County alone is home to over half the state's population and about 60% of its economic output. The city is well known for its historic center, restaurants, shopping, and parks.
While the area around Lafayette had been sparsely populated by colonial farmers since the early 1620's, no significant town existed away from the coast prior to the founding of Lafayette. Founded on April 6, 1632, the settlement that would become Lafayette grew into a significant town due to its central location with easy access to the farmlands and the coast, which made it an ideal market town. At the time, the settlement was home to just a few hundred people and had no standard name.
The city was never invaded during the Kequennock War due to its ideal location, surrounded by rivers on 3 sides and a wall on the fourth, but its surroundings saw many skirmishes and battles. Most notably, on December 4, 1635 a band of native raiders attacked several homesteads a few miles north of the city. Soldiers stationed at Lafayette quickly rushed to the scene and were able to defend the area from further attacks. Despite the successful protection of the city, over 30 colonists and 60 natives were killed in the engagement.
In 1645, the settlement was named Lafayette by William Fairfax after Franquese nobleman and general Andrés Lafayette, who he was personal friends with. Fairfax's advisor, Henry Wyatt, was installed as the first mayor of the city and designed the "Wyatt Plan", which created the orderly grid Lafayette is known for today. By 1655, with the Wyatt Plan having tripled the physical size of the settlement, the population began to surge. In 1645 just 800 people called the settlement home; by 1655 that number doubled to 1600 and over 6500 people lived in the city by 1680.
Geography & Climate
Lafayette is located on the banks of the Whitestone River at its confluence with the Lafayette River, approximately (TBD) miles from the Ardentic Ocean.