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The Indians' New WorldCatawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal$
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James H. Merrell

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834039

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838693_Merrell

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Epilogue Have Been Incommoded: George Washington's Journey

Epilogue Have Been Incommoded: George Washington's Journey

(p.276) Epilogue Have Been Incommoded: George Washington's Journey
The Indians' New World

James H. Merrell

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the time when President George Washington set out from Philadelphia on a tour of the southern states. His later assessment of the trip reveals its original purpose: “It has enabled me to see with my own eyes the situation of the country,” he wrote after his return, “and to learn more accurately the disposition of the people than I could have done by any information.” Like some monarch on a royal progress, the new president planned not only to see but to be seen; he would help unify the fragile nation by spreading his presence and his prestige widely among its citizens. With these aims in mind, Washington left the federal capital on March 21 in the company of an aide, a valet de chambre, a coachman, a postilion, and two footmen.

Keywords:   President George Washington, Philadelphia, southern states, federal capital

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