🇺🇸George Washington🇺🇸 was born on February 22, 1732 in Popes Creek, Colony of Virginia. He was the first child of Augustine and Mary Washington, and 1 of Augustine's 14 children.
The Washingtons were a wealthy, aristocratic family, and George spent much of his childhood at Ferry Farm, a plantation near Fredericksburg, Virginia. After Washington’s father died when he was 11, it’s likely he helped his mother manage the plantation.
Not much is known about his education, but he likely was educated at home and finished at 15. In 1751, Washington made his only trip outside of America, when he travelled to Barbados with his older half-brother Lawrence. Suffering from tuberculosis, Lawrence hoped the warm climate would help him recuperate. Shortly after their arrival, George contracted smallpox. He survived, but the illness left him with permanent facial scars he had the rest of his life. In 1752, Lawrence died and George would inherit his half-brother's estate at Mount Vernon, Virginia.
In December 1752, Washington, who had no previous military experience, was made a commander of the Virginia militia. The British and French Empires were competing over land and influence with various Indian tribes in the modern-day Ohio region. In 1753, France invaded the Ohio Valley, threatening Britain's trade with the Indians, and prompting a British response. The 'French and Indian War' began with a shot ordered by Washington, and further led to the 'Seven Years' War' across the globe.
Washington made it his mission to capture Fort Duquesne, the central hub of French activities in the area. He lost a strategic outpost and was initially demoted, but by the end of the war he had de-facto control over Virginia's entire army, and led the final 2,500-man assault. His army arrived November 25 to find Fort Duquesne abandoned and burned by the French. The British won the Seven Year's War, and France's colonial possessions were seized and the country left in ruin. The stage was set for revolution. [cont'd below]
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