The iconic Washington Square Arch was completed in 1892, modeled by architect Stanford White on the Arc de Triomphe of Paris. There are so many historical events about this park dating back to the 17th century. When it was owned by Native Americans, and then driven out by Dutch invaders. The Dutch gave the area to thier slaves with the intention of forming a “buffer zone”. In mid 1600, it was called the “The Land of the Blacks“.