George Washington is of Albanian descent?

George Washington is of Albanian descent?

 The mother of the US historical president was of Albanian from Peja region. Is believed that President Washington himself left a letter who is written for America to protect Albanians at any time and in any way

By John McCallum / Reuters

The Institute of Biochemistry and Genetics, headquartered in Schafhausen, Switzerland, has published the results of the latest genetic research of world leaders, according to which it emerges that the historic president of the United States of America, George Washington, has been of Albanian descent.

The institute, which has been researching broadly the genetic samples of the former US president who led the country in the liberation war against the British Kingdom, concludes that Washington was 50 percent Albanian, meaning that one of his parents is 100 percent Albanian .

While the Basel Institute does not go into details about this epochal revelation, experts from other areas have been hastening to confirm this assertion, invoking also other, genealogy and linguistic evidence.

George Washington was the US's main political and military leader in the years 1775-1799, who led the country to victory in the liberation war against Great Britain, was at the helm of the country at the time of the writing of the Constitution, and developed presidential practices of Government that even today are the foundations of the work at the White House.

In the US, he is considered the "Nation's Father".

The Albanian mother

According to linguist Albert Myko, of the Institute of Linguistics at Berkley University, Calif., USA, there are other evidence that the mother of George Washington was Albanian.

"George Washington was the son of Augustin Washington and Mary Ball Washington. Mary in fact is Mary Bala, whose parents were from Peja, in today's Kosovo. Marija was born in Lively, Virginia, USA in 1708, but her parents came there in 1706, after a long voyage by boat that started from Ragusa, today's Dubrovnik, and led them through Britain to the promisedland, America. The history of Washington's grandparents travel from Kosovo to America is described in the Mary Ball Washington biography of Virginia Carmichael, published in 1850. There is even rumored that Balaj had come from a village called Sinic, that could be a confusion of the name of the village of Isniq, in the municipality of Deçan, says Myko, who shows that this story has long been kept hidden in the shelves of the White House and that the mention of the Albanian descent of Washington has been removed from the forbitten list of US National Security Council just recently.

In this regard, officials from the White House agreed to say only that "it was not by chache that US Vice President Ioe Biden mentioned President Washington in relation to the Prime Minister of Kosovo."

Washington DC
However, the latest discovery, perhaps sheds light on some other aspects of American involvement in Kosovo and support for Albanians in general.
The well-known American author, Carl Woodward, who has written dozens of documentary books to US presidents and stories from the White House, says that while researching archives for his Clinton presidential book, published in 2004 under the title "Clinton House", found a George Washington-proclamation letter about Albanians.

"I remember when I got the letter to show to Bill Clinton in one of the many book interviews, and I said, 'Look, Bill, what I've discovered from the Washington archives', he said: 'I've seen it Carl, I've seen it. If I would not have seen it, God knows if we would have intervened in Kosovo," says Woodward, known as a journalist, reporter and author who has so far won four Pulitzer awards.

He says he did not include the Washington letter in Clinton's book, because he now prepares a special book for Washington and his Albanian ancestry.
Woodward says he is thinking of the book title, "George Washington: The First Albanian in the White House," or perhaps "An Albanian from Kosovo that created the State of America".

"In a way, the US engagement in favor of Albanians is a debt that America now back to the people that created the founder of America itself. See, from my research it is clear that even the President Woodrow Wilson read this letter when it was decided to establish an independent state of Albania," says Woodward, and adds that equally, President Nixon was the key person who contributed to Achieving Kosovo's autonomy, with the 1974 Constitution.

"Nixon and Tito had a meeting somewhere in 1970, in which the US president vowed $ 5 billion in aid to Yugoslavia from 500 million a year untill in 1980, in exchange for full autonomy for Kosovo. Tito agreed, and everything started- the creation of the University of Prishtina, the constitutional amendments of 1971, the 1974 Constitution, and so on" Woodward notes.

"Even a continuation of the aid has been foreseen in a discussion between Tito and the other US President Jimmy Carter for the years 1980-1990, for which Tito was ready to give to Kosovo the status of the republic. But Tito died, Serbs moved against autonomy, Americans stopped helping ... the rest you know," he said.

However, Woodward believes that all US presidents read the Washington letter and have been obliged to assist Albanians in different ways and in different stages of history.

The American author does not want to reveal the paper's content, saying "I have to wait for my book to go out", but says that what Washington wrote will clarify much about US reports with Albanians.

According to the research, Fidel Castro is of English origin, Vladimir Lenin was a Chechen, while French President Charles de Gaulle, who retired from Algeria, was, in fact, of Arab descent.

Unveiling the Centennial Connection: Albanian Ambassador Explores the USA-Albania Relationship

In a recent episode of the show "Log," the spotlight turned to a significant milestone in diplomatic history – the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Albania and the USA. To delve into the intricacies of this enduring connection, the former Albanian Ambassador to the UN, Xenofon Krisafi, shared insights and dispelled an intriguing legend regarding the origins of the first American president of Albanian descent.

Historical Roots:

According to Krisafi, the roots of the diplomatic ties between Albania and the USA trace back to July 28, 1922. This period marked the beginning of a relationship that has endured challenges and triumphs over the past century. The former ambassador's appearance on "Log" aimed to shed light on the historical context and significance of this enduring bond.

Legend of George Washington's Albanian Origins:

During the discussion, the show's moderator, Xhafo, playfully teased Krisafi about the possibility of the story being linked to George Washington, the first President of the United States. In response, Krisafi acknowledged the existence of an intriguing legend that suggests a connection between George Washington and Albania.

Xhafo: When did Albanians get to know America for the first time?

Krisafi: Albania's relations with the USA date back to July 28, 1922.

Xhafo: Don't tell me it's George Washington's.

Krisafi: Yes, he is. I don't believe that unequivocally. But I can't say it's not true without proof. I get the rational gist of that.

The Legend Unveiled:

Krisafi went on to share the legend, providing a captivating narrative that intertwines Albanian roots with the birth of George Washington. According to the story, around 1706, a couple from Peja, Albania, journeyed to Dubrovnik and then on to Amsterdam. There, they welcomed a daughter named Marie Balla. The legend continues as Marie Balla later traveled to the USA, where she married and became the second wife of George Washington's father. Together, they gave birth to George, and Marie Balla's name was Americanized to Meri Bala.


As the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Albania and the USA is celebrated, discussions on historical connections and legends, such as the one surrounding George Washington's Albanian roots, add a unique and intriguing dimension to the narrative. Ambassador Krisafi's insights on the "Log" show not only highlight the enduring diplomatic ties between the two nations but also showcase the richness of cultural stories that contribute to the shared history between Albania and the United States.
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