From his teens, George Washington, forged his distinct character by melding the precision of a surveyor with the backwoods know-how of the rugged frontiersmen and Native Americans he encountered.

Virginians in the mid-18th Century saw themselves as Englishmen living abroad, and liked to refer to themselves as "Cavaliers" in the "Old Dominion." But the American frontier and wilderness set them apart from the others. From his teens, George Washington, a fourth generation American, forged his distinct character by melding the precision of a surveyor with the backwoods know-how of the rugged frontiersmen and Native Americans he encountered. In these same early years, he garnered the equestrian skills of an English foxhunter. Be it on a horse or on a dance floor, George's prowess was something that made men of wealth and power raise their eyebrows and take notice of him.

Dancing

Like everything, George Washington took his performance on the dance floor deadly serious, once referring warmly to dance as "the gentler conflict.

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Sportsmanship

Though he would have little time on his hands to contemplate what his life would mean to the future of America, George Washington helped to define the broader concept of what we call today the "American sportsman."

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Equestrian at War

Equestrian prowess and warfare offered young George Washington his clearest path to fame. His long rides as a surveyor, through the forest on foxhunts, and his bayonet drills in the heat of the summer sun prepared him well for his eventual martial feats on horseback.

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The wealthy and landed Fairfax family helped young George Washington better understand his own life within the context of ancient traditions, which stressed intensive training and unflinching service to a higher cause, the very definition of an ancient "chevalier." 

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