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When George Washington was a young child, his family moved to a plantation on this land in Virginia. When he was an adult, he built this home on the land. It’s called Mount Vernon. Today, Mount Vernon is a historical site that people can visit. Sometimes actors perform shows about historical events there.

In 1775, the Americans were losing the war with Britain. General Washington filled boats with men, horses, and cannons. They crossed the Delaware River at night. Washington’s troops surprised the British on the other side. The Americans won the battle. The war did not end then. But the American army trusted Washington.

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Making Connections


How is your life like Washington’s life when he was young? How is it different?


Have you read another book about a person from the past? What did you learn from it?


Washington was a Founding Father. How did Washington’s actions shape the world you live in?

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