Lawrence, who became something of father for George, married into the Fairfax family, prominent and influential Virginians who helped begin George's career. An early desire to go to sea had been opposed by George's mother; instead, decided to be a surveyor, securing (1748) an assignment to survey the Fairfax's lands in the Shenandoah Valley. He played a major role in planning out the Virginia town[...]DOWNLOAD REFERAT
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and his brother went to Barbados in an effort rid Lawrence of tuberculosis. Lawrence died in 1752, soon after the brothers returned. As a result George got the Mount Vernon lands.
By 1753, the problems between the French and the British were growing, this would end up becoming the French and Indian war (1754-63), which showed to be opportunities for Washington to get ahead in life. He first gained publicity when, as adjutant of one of Virginia's four military districts, he was sent (October 1753) by Gov.
Robert Dinwiddie on a fruitless mission to warn the French commander at Fort Le Boeuf against further encroachment on territory claimed by Britain. In Washington's diary, he wrote of the problems of his journey, which was published at Williamsburg on his return. This may have helped win him a promotion to lieutenant colonel. He was young, only 22 years old and without much experience, but he learned quickly, challenging the problems of recruitment, supply, and desertions. This helped him gain respect in the ranks.
In April 1754, on his way to establish a post at the Forks of the Ohio, George found out that the French had already built a fort there. Realizing that the French were coming, he quickly built Fort Necessity in Great Meadows, Pa., and marched to intercept the advancing French. In the fight the ensued, not only was the commander of the approaching French troops killed, but most of the men were captured. Washington then pulled his small army back into Fort Necessity. In which he was attacked (July) by the French. An all-day battle ensued, fought in horrible weather « mai multe referate din Engleza