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George Washington's leadership as the Commanding General during the American Revolutionary War was instrumental in developing a strategy of defeating Great Britain.
He was the First President of the United States.
George Washington stepped down from his office before his term was over. Many thought that he would hold the presidency until his death which was customary for Kings and Lords in other countries. The sucession of the presidency was determined by "the people" voting instead of a "blood line" appointment.
His leadership was truly historic in its scope.
Link: Continental Congress - Presidents of the United States
American Patriot and First President of the United States
Elias Boudinot (1783), Thomas Mifflin (1784), Richard Henry Lee (1785), Nathan Gorman (1786), Arthur St. Clair (1787), and Cyrus Griffin (1788) - all prior to Washington taking office.
Thomas Jefferson prepared the "Declaration of Independence" in America which was voted on by the US Congress on July 4, 1776.
Thomas Jefferson also helped the French write their "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen" which was officially written by the Marquis de Lafayette (who helped fight in the US Revolutionary War).
It was adopted by the National Constituent Assembly on August 26, 1789. It became the first step in establishing a constitution for France during the French Revolution.
The Declaration was paramount to the transition of France from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. Pre-revolutionary France was based on the concepts of the ancient regime. The document is an example of the Age of Enlightenment that characterized individualism. It is on the same horizons as works by John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau. It features the foundations of the separation of powers and checks and balances systems as espoused by the Baron de Montewquieu. It was also heavily influenced by the U.S. Declaration of Independence, written a decade earlier by Thomas Jefferson and ratified during the early days of the American Revolution. Jefferson was a diplomat at the time and worked closely with members of the French National Constituent Assembly.
Benjamin Franklin was instrumental in procuring the alliance of the French King (Louis XVI) during the American Revolutionary War.
He was a famous Scientist when he arrived in France. His experiments with lightning and electricty is still considered many generations ahead of it's time. He also invented the bi-focals eye glasses.
The Battle of Yorktown was the last major battle during the American Revolution, and General Charles Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. Although the Battle of Yorktown was the last major battle during the revolution, minor battles and fighting still occurred for the next two years.
Without the French support this battle would not have been possible.
Thomas Jefferson followed Franklin later to France to help with they're "Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen" in 1789.
Washington Crossing the Delaware, December 26, 1776
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The Revolutionary War
The American Civil War
The American Museum of Natural History
link: Discover America
Yellowstone National Park
Yosemite National Park (Northern California)
The Grand Canyon in Arizona
Beaches in Southern California