George Washington's experiences in his youth helped shape the man who would lead a revolution and become the first president of the United States.

Popes Creek

Popes Creek

In 1732, George Washington was born at Popes Creek Plantation in Virginia. He would only live at this plantation until he was about three years old.

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Education

Education

The unexpected death of George Washington's father prevented him from receiving a Latin-based education in England. Instead, private tutors and possibly a local school provided him with the only formal instruction he would receive.

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The Rules of Civility

The Rules of Civility

Regarded as a formative influence in the development of his character, the Rules of Civility included guidelines for behavior in pleasant company, appropriate actions in formal situations, and general courtesies. 

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Slavery

After the death of his father, when George Washington was only 11 years old, he inherited enslaved people.

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Social Education

Social Education

Social education in colonial America went beyond academic learning. For George Washington, this form of education became key in his personal and professional advancement.

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Surveying

Surveying

George Washington's first career was as a surveyor. While surveying he gained an intimate knowledge of Indian country and a small fortune in land. 

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Childhood Home

Childhood Home

George Washington's parents, Augustine and Mary Ball, moved their family to Ferry Farm when he was about six years old.

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Mary Ball Washington

Limited information about George Washington's mother, has survived, although the historical record shows that she shared a complex and oftentimes strained relationship with her son.

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Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

George Washington spent a few years as a child at Mount Vernon and then returned as a teenager before eventually owning the plantation. 

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The Allegheny Expedition

The Allegheny Expedition

21-year-old Major Washington set off on a two and a half month journey on rough trails into the Ohio country to warn the French against encroachment into British territory.

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French and Indian War

In 1754, Washington led a surprise attack upon a small French force at Jumonville Glen. Then he subsequently surrendered Fort Necessity to the French.

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