The French and Indian War Led to the Revolutionary War Essay

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The French and Indian War, which happened between 1754 and 1763 was a stepping-stone for what would become known as the Revolutionary War. The French and Indian War was originally a dispute over the Ohio River Valley. The French considered it their territory, where as the English considered it theirs. While it was a territorial dispute between the countries, the war took place in the colonies. The colonist fought bravely beside the British, whereas the Indians sided with the French. At the beginning all the countries wanted was to claim the Ohio River Valley as their own; however, the outcome of the war was very different. By fighting for that territory, the French sacrificed not only Quebec, but also all claim on land in the New World. …show more content…
Right before the Stamp Act, the Indian Chief Pontiac attacked the colonist trying to drive them from the land for the last time. The rebellion resulted in Britain passing the Proclamation of 1763 after realizing they did not have the means to protect the vast amount of land they had acquired. The Proclamation stated that no one could settle past the Appalachian Mountains. This law angered the colonist because they believed that the land was rightfully theirs. Before the war, the colonists were in a time of Salutary Neglect. Colonist could go about their business, passing laws, running the government how they wanted. The militia was under the control of American colonist and people such as George Washington could rise to the rank of Corporal. The British government had little involvement in the colonies as long as the colonies provided them with raw goods. However, with the start of the war, Salutary Neglect was over. As the British got involved in the fighting, colonist near the fighting soon joined them. However, the government passed laws that made them second-class soldiers compared to the British soldiers. American colonist could not rise above the rank of Captain, which was very demeaning to people like Washington who had been a Corporal in the Virginia Militia. The colonists were also treated like crap when it came to service. According to a soldier during the French and Indian War, the conditions in which soldiers worked, made it seem like the

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