International Court of Justice: the Hague, 1 Background Colonel George Washington by Charles Willson Peale 1772, Further information: Sons of Liberty. Montenegro: the official capital Podgorica is home to the parliament and the executive but the seat of the presidency is in the former royal capital of Cetinje.
. . Main article: Early life and career of Abraham Lincoln, In his 1885 memoirs former US President Ulysses Grant (himself a veteran of the Mexican war) attributed Mexico's defeat to the poor quality of their army writing:! ! . 3.1 Powers of Congress Washington proceeded to New York City arriving on April 13 1776 and began constructing fortifications to thwart British attack He ordered his occupying forces to treat civilians and their property with respect to avoid the abuse suffered by civilians in Boston at the hands of British troops a plot to assassinate or capture him was discovered amidst the tensions but failed though his bodyguard Thomas Hickey (soldier) was hanged for mutiny and sedition. General Howe took his resupplied army with the British fleet from Nova Scotia to the city considered the key to securing the continent George Germain who ran the British war effort in England believed it could be won with one "decisive blow." the British forces including more than 100 ships and thousands of troops began reaching Staten Island on July 2 to lay siege to the city. After the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4 Washington informed his troops in his general orders of July 9 that Congress had declared the united colonies to be "free and independent states.".