George Washington (1732 – 1799) was the first president of the United States and appears as a playable hero in Age of Empires III and The WarChiefs, and a revolutionary leader in the The WarChiefs and The Asian Dynasties, and an AI personality for the United States in the Definitive Edition.
Biography[edit | edit source]
|“||George Washington was born in Virginia in 1732 to wealthy, land-owning parents. He served in the First Virginia Regiment (part of the British military) as a lieutenant colonel. While trying to drive the French out of Ohio Country, Washington set off a series of events that eventually ignited the Seven Years' War, also known as the French and Indian War. In 1759 he left the military, married, and settled back in Virginia with his wife and family. In later years Washington would go on to have a significant role in the founding of the United States of America.||”|
Washington is first featured in Act II: Ice as a then-British colonel during the French and Indian War. Washington and his men fought for General Warwick until they consider their British General a traitor because he is working with The Circle. So Washington and his men deflected to John Black and help him defeat Warwick with supplies of soldiers.
|“||The only U.S. President elected unanimously, George Washington stands tall in history as one of America’s greatest leaders. A Virginian landowner and farmer, General Washington understood well both the sword and the plowshare.
As a general, Washington was greatly admired by those who served under him. Never one to remain on the sidelines, he led the charge into action time and time again. During the French and Indian War, Washington survived many battles, even having a horse shot out from under him on two occasions.
As commander in chief of the Continental army, Washington faced the great challenge of maintaining his troops’ morale during the bitter winter at Valley Forge.
Washington is featured again in Act I: Fire, now a general and the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Continental Army in the American Revolution. Washington also meets Nathaniel Black after the Battle of Bunker Hill, who aids him and his men in conflicts such as the Battle of Trenton and the struggle in Valley Forge. Later, Washington becomes the political leader of the newly formed United States as its first president.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
In-game unit[edit | edit source]
|“||British officer from Virginia. Great things await him.||”|
|—Colonel Washington in-game description|
|“||American general in charge of the colonial army.||”|
|—General Washington in-game description|
Like other heroes, Washington has many hit points, but if he falls, he will collapse instead of dying and needs to regenerate enough hit points to be rescued by allies. He can collect treasures, but unlike Explorers, cannot build Trading Posts and Town Centers, and has no special abilities.
AI personality[edit | edit source]
Revolutionary leader[edit | edit source]
In The WarChiefs, Washington also appears as the revolutionary leader of the United States, which is available for British and Dutch. Choosing him to revolt increases the hit points of Gatling Guns by 25%.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- George Washington (as a colonel) is the only protagonist character who cannot be controlled by the player. He is also the first and only character who appeared in another game as an ally before the game where he appears as protagonist.
- A cheat unit, George Crushington, is also featured and has the same audio as Washington, albeit modulated to match his imposing stature.
- The General unit released with the United States civilization in the Definitive Edition is based on the General Washington model but also carries a pistol besides his officer's saber.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
|Revolutionary leaders and nations in Age of Empires III|
|Bernardo O'Higgins · Francisco de Paula Santander · George Washington · José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva · José de San Martín · Miguel Hidalgo · Simón Bolívar · Toussaint L'Ouverture|
|Argentina · Barbary States · Brazil · Canada · Chile · Egypt · Finland · Gran Colombia · Haiti · Hungary · Indonesia · Mexico · Peru · Romania · South Africa · United States|