The crisp air of March 16, 1802, carried whispers of a nascent nation still finding its footing.

The echoes of the American Revolution had barely faded, the ink on the Constitution a mere five years dry.

Yet, on that day, a seed was sown that would blossom into a cornerstone of American defense: the United States Military Academy at West Point.

This wasn’t just the founding of a school; it was a strategic masterstroke, a deliberate act to safeguard a young nation still etching its place on the global stage.