Question #94646

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Jan 10, 2017

George Washington became the President of the United States because he served an American/British soldier during the French and Indian War, but as an American general during the War for Independence. (I know this can be confusing, so see Explanation)


George Washington served as a soldier during the French and Indian War. During this war, the British and colonists were allies (because America [the colonies] were under British rule) and helped one another fight against the French and Indians.

However, after disputes between England and the colonies, the colonies wanted to be free from Britain, so the War of Independence started. The War of Independence was Britain vs. the colonies. General George Washington fought as a colonist for freedom during this war, not for Britain. Therefore, when the colonies got their Independence, they nominated George Washington to be their President.

Hope this clears things up!