Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: In the years prior to his emergence on the national and international stage, in many ways the personal and professional destiny of George Washington was forged in the Ohio Valley. He knew the area because of his work as an aspiring surveyor of western lands. Because of this familiarity with the Ohio, in 1753, Virginia Governor Dinwiddie sent him and a small group of frontiersmen on a diplomatic mission to seek alliance with Iroquois nations and to deliver a letter demanding the French withdraw back into Canada. When the French politely rebuffed the Governor’s demand, Washington returned to Virginia and Dinwiddie published the diary of his journey which was read widely, even as far as London, thus enhancing his growing reputation.