The French and Indian War

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  • Causes of the French and Indian War
  • What happened?
  • Virginia
  • OH NO! The French have established a fort!!
  • The French have etablished a fort.
  • The French have established a fort.
  • Fort Duquesne
  • England
  • What happened?
  • DRIVE THE FRENCH OUT OF FORT DUQUESNE!!
  • We will be back!
  • You cannot defeat us with your small army!
  • One cause of the French and Indian War is a growth in colonial population. This lead to an interest in expanding west into the Ohio River Valley. The second cause of the war is both Britain and France claimed control of the Ohio territory. 
  • What happened?
  • The French claimed land in the present day Pittsburgh area. They established a fort called Fort Duquesne. Word about the fort reached Virginia and England.
  • Positive Consequences for the British/ colonists
  • We defeated France in the war!!
  • The governor was not pleased with this news and ordered a militia, or a small army to drive the French out of Fort Duquesne. The militia was lead by young George Washington. At first, the British's attempt to drive the French out was unsuccessful, but vowed to return with a larger troop that would be more successful.
  • Negative Consequences for the colonists
  • We shouldn't be taxed!
  • The French were able to take the lead for the first 3 years of the war. Later on, Britain finally got a 'bright' idea and developed a plan to defeat the French. At the same time, a disease called small pox killed many of the French and their native allies. Eventually, England gained control of many French forts and territory including Quebec. In 1760, the war came to and end.
  • One positive consequence for the British and colonists is that France loses the war, causing them to gain all of France's territory in North America. Another positive consequence is the British took pride and united to fight for a common cause. Also, colonists gained military experience. 
  • One negative consequence the war had on the colonists is a large amount of debt. Due to the debt, England started to tax the colonies to pay off the debt. Another negative consequence is the Proclamation of 1763. This act was lead by King George III and prohibited the colonists to go west of the imaginary line down the Appalachian Mountains.
  • We just risked everything for land that we can't even have!!!
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