Our revolutionary war with Great Britain was expensive and our nation actually started out in debt.
Our debt was briefly zero under President Andrew Jackson but rose again and exploded during the Civil War.
All wars obviously cost money, so during the revolutionary war when we needed to buy things and didn't have money to do so, did we physically borrow money from other countries to pay for it?
I'm guessing George Washington had no debt. At least when he was elected.
there were none!!