I think it is fascinating to study a bit American history!
A Skeptic’s Guide to American History (2012)
Episode 4: Washington’s Failures and Real Accomplishments
Rarely taught in public schools, General George Washington’s military shortcomings during the US War of Independence are the main focus of this presentation.
Unlike most US generals, Washington wasn’t a professional soldier. A Virginia* planter and slave holder, he joined the Virginia colony militia in 1754 and inadvertently started the French and Indian War.**
The Continental Congress chose Washington to lead the Continental Army because they hope the involvement of a high profile Virginian would inspire other Southern colonies to support what began as a New England insurrection in 1775.
The first of Washington’s major military blunders included his 1775 order for his best general Benedict Arnold to take Quebec. More than a third of Arnold’s men were forced to turn back due to their inexperience navigating Canada’s swampy tangle of lakes, streams and…
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