Tracing Washington's Trip on the Potomac

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Joel Achenbach's latest book, The Grand Idea, traces a westward journey made by George Washington in 1784 along the Potomac River. Washington set out with a dual purpose: to inspect land he owned west of the Appalachian Mountains, and to explore how the Potomac might serve as a commercial artery uniting the area beyond the mountains with the more populous Eastern seaboard.



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