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French and Indian War
Transcript of French and Indian War
Both France and Britain had formed alliances with Native Americans in the Ohio Valley. Colonial leaders met in New York in June 1754 to talk about what to do about the French. Benjamin Franklin suggested the colonies should unite, but they were unwilling to do this.
The War gets closer
The War Begins
In 1750, the British saw the Ohio Valley as an area for trade and growing crops. The French believed they deserved the land because it connected their property in New France and Louisiana.
Beginning Of Conflict
France sent soldiers to the Ohio Valley and also built forts near the eastern part of the area. The British did not like these actions, and they decided to fight back.
Fort Necessity was a fort built by the British in Pennsylvania. In July 1754, the French and their Native American allies attacked it, and the colonists gave up. This was the beginning of the French and Indian War.
The colonists needed help to win the war, so the Parliament sent an army from Britain to help the colonists. General Edward Braddock directed the British. In 1755 the British marched to Fort Duquesne and attacked the French.The British lost because they had been trained to fight in fields and instead were fighting in forests.
The War Grows
The War Ends
Britain sent more soldiers and supplies and the colonists started winning battles. The war expanded to Canada and Europe. In 1762 Britain defeated Spain which had become an ally of France. In 1763 the war ended.