A year later, Washington married a wealthy young widow named Martha Custis. He won a seat in the lower Virginia legislature and settled into the life of a Virginia planter. Her first years of marriage were happy. Washington worked hard and learned everything he could do about agriculture, but his new job gave him another reason to bother the metropolis. He found that he was largely at the mercy of a trading system that strongly favoured British traders who bought tobacco, his main crop. Therefore, after a few years, he owed a considerable debt. By the mid-1760s, colonial resentment of British rule was widespread. To fill its emptied coffers for war with the French, London levied taxes on the colonies. To force respect, England imposed punitive laws against the settlers. [76] The Senate created its own commission headed by Senator Frank Church to investigate CIA abuses.

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