The French and Indian War Essay

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The French and Indian War was a conflict in North America in which Great Britain fought France and their Native American allies. It lasted from 1756 until 1763, so it was also known as the Seven Years War. At the peace conference in 1763, the British received Canada from France and Florida from Spain, but permitted France to keep its West Indian sugar islands and gave Louisiana to Spain. The treaty strengthened the American colonies significantly by removing their European rivals to the north and south and opening the Mississippi Valley to westward expansion. The war began as disputes over land between British colonists, officials, and the Iroquois Confederacy who were against the French and their Native American allies. The Iroquois …show more content…
The French and Indian War was a conflict in North America in which Great Britain fought France and their Native American allies. It lasted from 1756 until 1763, so it was also known as the Seven Years War. At the peace conference in 1763, the British received Canada from France and Florida from Spain, but permitted France to keep its West Indian sugar islands and gave Louisiana to Spain. The treaty strengthened the American colonies significantly by removing their European rivals to the north and south and opening the Mississippi Valley to westward expansion. The war began as disputes over land between British colonists, officials, and the Iroquois Confederacy who were against the French and their Native American allies. The Iroquois Confederacy thought that if they worked with the British, the British would let them keep some of their land if they won. Britain controlled the thirteen colonies extending to the Appalachian Mountains, where New France started. The borders were not officially written, so conflicts of this type were quite common.. The British sent Edward Braddock as commander-in-chief of all of the British forces in America. However, he alienated many Native American allies, and most colonial leaders did not cooperate with him. While on a mission to capture Fort Duquesne, Braddock was killed in an ambush. With his death, the war went into a stalemate for several years.
One area of contention was the Ohio River Valley. The French had multiple forts in the

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