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George Washington is best remembered as the first President of the United States, but there might not ever have been a United States, had Washington not so ably performed in the role for which he seemed to have been born: Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. His experiences in the French and Indian War were invaluable in teaching him the subtleties of warfare on the American continent.
Serving the British crown in their war against the French in the s would prepare him for the conflict that emerged two decades later: Fighting for Independence from the crown he once served, in alliance with the French he once fought against. Washington was a member of the Virgina House of Burgesses from until Speaking before a meeting of that body soon after the Boston Tea Party , after the British closed the port of Boston Washington asserted: "I will raise one thousand men, subsist them at my own expense and march myself at their head to the relief of Boston.
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