When considering Washington's impact on the United States, the first event that comes to mind is his farewell address that he gave prior to relinquishing office. In this speech, he made suggestions as well as warnings about the future. He advised that the government expand to more effectively keep the country together as a whole. He stressed that states acting independently from each other would not hold together as a country should. He also spoke of the need to strengthen the navy. At the time, the United States was still relatively young and its navy was not considered powerful. He accentuated this need because, as one can tell from the British defeat of the Spanish Armada, the strength of a country's navy often decides the strength of that country.
Washington also affected the nation during his presidency. He set two main precedents while in office: the two-term precedent and the presidential cabinet precedent. Had he not set these precedents, the entire course of American presidency could have been altered, severely affecting the course of American history. Additionally, he proved that the federal government was reasonably powerful and that it would not tolerate rebellion. In 1794, he sent 15,000 troops to Pennsylvania to squash the Whiskey Rebellion, the first challenge to federal authority.
Like every president who would follow him, Washington left his mark on the United States. From colonies to independent states to members of a federal government, Washington guided the United States