French and Indian War in the Colonies Essay

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What was the Iroquois Confederacy, you ask? The Iroquois Confederacy was a remarkable fact in history. It was composed of six large families, each having the dignified title of a nation. These nations were named respectively, Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas Senecas, and later the Tuscarora. They had formed a strong alliance in which each nation pledged to protect the others. This alliance made the Iroquois very powerful. It protected them from outside enemies but ensured them of internal peace. The Iroquois Confederacy had a great impact in the war of the French and Indian war. The Seven Years' War (called the French and Indian War in the colonies) lasted from 1756 to 1763, forming a chapter in the imperial struggle between Britain …show more content…
What was the Iroquois Confederacy, you ask? The Iroquois Confederacy was a remarkable fact in history. It was composed of six large families, each having the dignified title of a nation. These nations were named respectively, Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas Senecas, and later the Tuscarora. They had formed a strong alliance in which each nation pledged to protect the others. This alliance made the Iroquois very powerful. It protected them from outside enemies but ensured them of internal peace. The Iroquois Confederacy had a great impact in the war of the French and Indian war. The Seven Years' War (called the French and Indian War in the colonies) lasted from 1756 to 1763, forming a chapter in the imperial struggle between Britain and France called the Second Hundred Years' War. In the early 1750s, France's expansion into the Ohio River valley repeatedly brought it into conflict with the claims of the British colonies, especially Virginia. When Robert Dinwiddie, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, learned that the French had build more forts, he sent out a small party under the command of a young George Washington to deliver a letter of protest to French officials, demanding that they leave the region. The mission was a failure, because the French summarily refused to vacate the area. In 1754, Governor Dinwiddie sought but failed to go get help from the other colonies, because he felt that this was a threat to the safety of the colonies and a barrier to western expansion.

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