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5 Facts for the Patriot in All of Us in Time for Independence Day

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While Independence Day is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your patriotic pride, it can also be a time to dust off those history books and revisit the early days of our great nation. Below are five little-known facts about a few key individuals in our country’s past.

1. George Washington Didn’t Have a Great Start to His Military Career.

Continental Congress

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Most Americans recognize the name of our country’s first president and legendary general. However, a little known tidbit is the fact that his military career got off to a rocky start. A young Washington joined the Virginia militia several years before the Revolutionary War. At the time, France was attempting to move in on established English territory. Washington was sent to what is now considered Pennsylvania to protect new trade lands recently gained by the crown.

To make a long story short, the inexperienced colonel attacked a small French force. During the skirmish, a French ensign was killed. The British troops retreated and attempted to build a place of refuge for themselves in the face of expected retaliation. However, several days later they were forced to surrender as the amount of enemy troops far outnumbered their own. Terms of surrender were drawn up that included an admission of guilt for the death of the French party’s leader. The document was written in French, a language not spoken by Washington. His signature, in addition to the fighting between the two parties, ignited a war that would last seven years and send Britain into financial straits, thus influencing the many taxes levied on American colonists several years.

2. The Declaration of Independence was Not Accepted on July 4th.

Signing of the Declaration of Independence
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On July 2, 1776, the state of Virginia motioned to break all ties with Great Britain. After making changes to the declaration, it was accepted by 12 of the original 13 colonies on July 4th. New York, a stronghold for loyalists to the crown, did not adopt the declaration until several weeks later on July 19th. John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, and several other founding fathers signed the official Declaration of Independence on August 2nd.

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