Who Was George Washington?
Roberta Edwards, True Kelley
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In 1789, George Washington became the first president of the United States. He has been called the father of our country for leading America through its early years. Washington also served in two major wars during his lifetime: the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. With over 100 black-and-white illustrations, Washington's fascinating story comes to life - revealing the real man, not just the face on the dollar bill!
CHERRY TREE ON HIS FAMILY’S FARM. WHEN HIS ANGRY FATHER ASKED WHO HAD DONE SUCH A TERRIBLE THING, GEORGE CONFESSED RIGHT AWAY. “I CANNOT TELL A LIE,” HE SAID. “PA, IT WAS I WHO CHOPPED IT DOWN.” THE STORY SHOWED HOW HONEST GEORGE WAS, EVEN AS A SMALL BOY. THE STORY, HOWEVER, WAS ENTIRELY MADE UP. SOON AFTER WASHINGTON’S DEATH, A MAN NAMED MASON LOCKE WEEMS WROTE A BOOK ABOUT THE FIRST PRESIDENT. WEEMS WANTED WASHINGTON TO SEEM PERFECT. AND SO HE MADE UP STORIES SUCH AS THE ONE ABOUT THE CHERRY
cooked in it! Another rule was to avoid killing fleas and lice in the presence of other people. Lawrence’s in-laws, the Fairfaxes, were one of the richest families in Virginia. They owned huge tracts of land. There were no maps yet of the west part of the colony. So people often hired surveyors. A surveyor’s job was to measure and mark property boundaries. It was the perfect job for George. He loved the outdoors, was quick at math, and needed to earn money. Besides no maps, there were no
soldiers who are not part of a regular army.) Now Lawrence’s post was open. George took his brother’s place. Chapter 3 A Young Soldier It was the early 1750s. For some time, France and England had been fighting over land in the Ohio River Valley. The problem was simple: Both countries wanted to control it. The French built many forts in the area. They wanted to keep British colonists hemmed in on the east coast. George Washington was sent to deliver a warning to the French: Abandon the
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TREATY OF PARIS WASN’T SIGNED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1783. THE TREATY RECOGNIZED THAT THE UNITED STATES WAS A SEPARATE, FREE COUNTRY. THE BOUNDARIES OF THE NEW COUNTRY WOULD GO FROM THE GREAT LAKES AND MAINE TO FLORIDA, FROM THE ATLANTIC COAST TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. A FAMOUS ARTIST OF THE TIME NAMED BENJAMIN WEST WAS TO PAINT A GROUP PORTRAIT OF THE BRITISH AND THE AMERICANS WHO SIGNED THE TREATY. THE PAINTING, HOWEVER, WAS NEVER FINISHED. ALTHOUGH THE AMERICANS (INCLUDING BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND