This would prove to be advantageous especially during the French and Indian War, where Washington was a Major and used his extensive knowledge during battle. Washington's knowledge of the terrain and Indian fighting styles propelled his military career as his success would get him to the top of Britain's army. After the removal of Native presence in West Virginia, there was much more land to be speculated. Washington's success with the British and Colonial Army would eventually lead him to becoming the first President of the United States.
Land speculation played a role in West Virginia history far beyond George Washington and the 1600 and 1700s. Due to many of the land owners speculating and claiming right to the same areas. This caused problems because when this area was divided up and sold the issue of land titles would pop up. During the 1800 and 1900s, especially in mineral rich areas, there were constant disputes over land titles between mine companies and citizens. Often in which the citizens would lose their land. Overall, George Washington's land speculation had and still has a long lasting effect on the state of West Virginia.