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George Washington’s Final Battle: The Epic Struggle to Build a Capital City and a Nation

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Presented by Robert Watson*

This lecture was recorded as part of Fraunces Tavern Museum's Evening Lecture Series on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Despite America’s newly won independence, a bitter dispute over whether to have a capital and where to locate it almost tore the young nation apart. In this lecture, Watson discusses the pivotal role played by George Washington in the struggle over the placement of America’s capital.

*The views of the speakers are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Fraunces Tavern® Museum or Sons of the Revolution℠ in the State of New York, Inc.


Fraunces Tavern Museum


New York, NY


College of Arts and Sciences

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NOTE: The reason for the discrepency between the date and the date listed in the citation is due to fact that the event was held Feb. 18, 2021, but not posted to YouTube until March 11, 2021.