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The French and Indian War
Transcript of The French and Indian War
The French and Indian War was a conflict between France and England that lasted from 1756 to 1763 with the Native Americans fighting on the side of the French. The problem began when both the French and the British claimed ownership of the Ohio Valley, the area west of the Appalachian Mountains in between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The first part of the conflict began in 1754 when the French built Fort Duquesne in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This move alarmed the colonists because they feared that the French would eventually cross the Appalachian Mountains and take over the 13 British colonies. In 1775, Britain officially began the war by sending 1,400 British soldiers to fight in the Ohio Valley. By 1763, Britain and France signed a peace treaty. France ceded the Ohio Valley and Canada to Britain. Although the British were successful in their fight against the French, this conflict created many problems for England. The British now had to protect colonists who moved out of the 13 colonies and settled into the Ohio Valley because they could be attacked by Native Americans.
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