Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The History of George Washington and his Life


George Washington

George Washington was instinctive on February 22, 1732, at his family's agricultural lands on Pope's Creek in Westmoreland County, in the British colony of Virginia, to Augustine Washington (1694-1743) and his second spouse, Mary Ball Washington (1708-89). George, the eldest of Augustine and Mary Washington's six children, exhausted much of his early days at Ferry Farm, a plantation close to Fredericksburg, Virginia. After Washington's father died when he was 11, it's likely he helped him mother handle the agricultural estate.

Few details about Washington's early teaching are known, even though children of affluent families like his characteristically were taught at home by private tutors or attended private schools. It's supposed he completed his formal schooling at around age 15. As a adolescent, Washington, who had shown an aptitude for mathematics, became a winning examiner. His surveying journey into the Virginia wilderness earned him sufficient money to begin obtain land of his own.

In 1751, Washington made his only trip external of America, when he travelled to Barbados with his older half-brother Lawrence (1718-52), who was suffering from tuberculosis and hoped the warm climate would help him convalesce. Shortly after their arrival, George slender smallpox. He survived, even though the illness left him with enduring facial scars.  

An Officer and Gentleman Planter: 

 In December 1752, Washington, who had no preceding military experience, was made a commandant of the Virginia militia. He saw achievement in the French and Indian War and was finally put in accuse of all of Virginia's militia forces. By 1759, Washington had submissive his commission, returned to Mount Vernon and was designated to the Virginia House of Burgesses, where he served until 1774.

In January 1759, he married Martha Dandridge Custis (1731-1802), a affluent widow with two children. Washington became a dedicated stepfather to the children he and Martha never had any progeny of their own. In the resulting years, Washington lengthened Mount Vernon from 2,000 acres into 8,000-acre belongings with five farms.

He grew a variety of harvests, including wheat and corn, bred mules and keep fruit orchards and a winning fishery. He was deeply involved in farming and repeatedly experimented with new crops and methods of land protection.

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