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The statue of George Washington in Trafalgar Square in London sits on a base of soil imported from Virginia because Washington swore he would never set foot on British soil again. “In a square that marks one of Britain’s greatest victories stands a reminder of one of its greatest defeats.”

Why George Washington’s Statue in London Doesn’t Touch British Soil

Outside the National Gallery in London sits the strangest statue in Trafalgar Square, or maybe all of England. It’s not bizarre because of its design or composition, but instead for whom the statue honors.

It is a replica, one of 25 or more, spread around the world. But it seems strange only in London, considering who it is and where the statue is placed.

It’s a statue of George Washington, onetime citizen of Great Britain, father of the United States and rebellious colonial. In a square that marks one of Britain’s greatest victories stands a reminder of one of its greatest defeats.

Washington’s statue is not only there, it’s resplendent with symbols of authority, like the 13 wooden rods on which he leans (also a symbol of the 1… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

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