During a time period of America's existence as British colony and then a young nation—when communication and transportation faced challenges, to put it mildly—this businessman built an enterprise with international reach. He built a mill that groundpounds of branded flour annually that was shipped throughout America and, unusually during colonial times, exported to Europe.
At age six, Washington and his family moved to Ferry Farm near Fredericksburg. He was then kept under the strict care of his mother Mary aged In October, Washington bought almost fifteen hundred acres of valuable land in the Shenandoah Valley, his first large investment.
Having made enough money with his surveying business he resigned his commission of Culpepper County surveyor. At the age of eighteen, Washington had accumulated a vast wealth of land, 2, acres, in the Shenandoah Valley.
During his lifetime he acquired over 70, acres of land, in what would later be seven different states plus the District of Columbia. It took Washington 25 years to expand his Mount Vernon estate from 2, acres to 8, acres.
Rather than sell multiple lots to large investors, Washington sold individual lots to middle income investors, believing they were more likely to make committed improvements.
He had piercing grey-blue eyes, fair skin, and light reddish-brown hair, and wore his hair powdered in the fashion of a whig. He was not known as an orator or a debater and was generally silent in company.
He had several sets of false teeth made, which he went through during his presidency; contrary to some accounts, none were made of wood. Dental problems left him in constant pain, for which he took laudanum.
He collected Thoroughbreds at Mount Vernon, and his two favorite gift horses were Blueskin and Nelson. He was known to be an exceptionally strong man, in one instance he pitched an iron bar a long distance. In another instance, Washington threw a rock the height of feet.
Later he was appointed to the Northern and Eastern districts. The British government had ordered Dinwiddie to guard British territorial claims in the Ohio River basin, protecting trade activity with the Indians and others in the various settlements.
Washington was also to make peace with the Six Nations.
Washington then reached Fort Le Boeuf and delivered the letter to the commander, who replied that Dinwiddie should send his demand to the Major General of New France in its capital at Quebec City. Dinwiddie and Washington were stockholders. The land that joined the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers, modern day Pittsburghwas highly prized by the French and British.
Dindwiddie ordered Washington to take prisoners, destroy, or kill those who resisted British control of the region. Tanacharison and a few warriors discovered a small detachment of French troops east of Uniontown, Pennsylvania led by Joseph Coulon de Jumonvilleso Washington built an entrenched camp at Great Meadows which he called Fort Necessity.
He then led his unit and their Mingo allies in an ambush against the French on May 28 in the Battle of Jumonville Glen. Jumonville was killed and most of his party were taken prisoner or killed, and Tanacharison nicknamed Washington the "Town Destroyer". The French accused him of assassinating Jumonville, claiming that Jumonville was only on a diplomatic mission.
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