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Occupying a high bluff overlooking the City of Washington, Georgetown University is the first Roman Catholic college in the United States and one of the oldest universities in the U.S. It was founded by the Jesuits in 1786. The religious order has had a long presence in the Potomac region, beginning with Father Andrew White, who arrived with the early settlers in St. Mary's City. The Jesuits traveled by water, building missions and churches on many of the points and inlets of the river. George-town was a popular meeting place for Indians trading both above and below Great Falls.