When George Washington was a boy there was no United States. The land was here, just as it is now, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific; but nearly all of it was wild and unknown.
Between the Atlantic Ocean and the Allegheny Mo-untains there were thirteen colonies, or great settlements. The most of the people who lived in these colonies were English people, or the children of English people; and so the King of England made their laws and appointed their governors.
The newest of the colonies was Georgia, which was settled the year after George Washington was born.
The oldest colony was Virginia, which had been settled one hundred and twenty-five years. It was also the richest colony, and more people were living in it than in any other.
There were only two or three towns in Virginia at that time, and they were quite small.
Most of the people lived on farms or on big plantations, where they raised whatever they needed to eat. They also raised tobacco, which they sent to England to be sold.
The farms, or plantations, were often far apart, with stretches of thick woods between them. Nearly every one was close to a river, or some other large body of water; for there are many rivers in Virginia..
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About the Author
His influence was widely felt because at one time it was estimated that of all the school books in use in the United States, over half had been written or edited by him. Unfortunately, his works are much less widely known today. So far as known, only some of his books are in print and published today.
Date Story Category
1882 The Story of Siegfried / Legends
1883 The Story of Ro-land Legends
1887 A Story of the Golden Age of Greek Heroes / Mythology
1895 Fairy Stories and Fables / Readers
1895 Old Greek Stories / Mythology
1896 Fifty Famous Stories Retold / Collective Biography
1897 Four Great Americans / Collective Biography
1903 The Wonder-Book of Horses / Mythology
1904 Abraham Lincoln, A True Life ----
1905 Thirty More Famous Stories Retold / Collective Biography
1905 Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children / Adapted Literature
1907 An American Book of Golden Deeds / Ethical Faith Stories
1910 Stories of Don Quixote Written A new for / Children Fiction
1912 The Sampo / Legends
1912 Fifty Famous People / Collective Biography
1914 In My Youth / Individual Biography
Date of Birth:August 2, 1924
Date of Death:December 1, 1987
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:St. Paul de Vence, France
Education:DeWitt Clinton High School, New York City