french and indian war words
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By the mid-18th century, both the French and the British wanted to expand their North American colonies into the Ohio River Valley. The french believed that they had exclusive rights to the land because their explorers had discovered it first.
Next, the French built fort Duquesne near present-day Pittsburgh and the English king allowed his army to be raised. The Virginia militia was under the command of George Washington and was sent to ask the French to abandon the Ohio Territory peacefully. The French refused and Washington did not have a large enough force to overpower Fort Duquesne. But George Washington returned the next year and proceeded to build his own stockade called Fort Necessity.
After Fort Necessity was built, the French destroyed it. This was the start of "The French and Indian War"
Britain ended up winning the war against France and gained lots of new land. But a problem was that they landed in some incredible debt after the war had concluded. This would mean that they would have to tax their citizens and they would not be happy at all. In the end a peace treaty was signed between France and Britain.
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