When the Rivers Ran Red

When the Rivers Ran Red

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  • Everyone had different plans and wanted the Ohio River Valley for different reasons. The French wanted if for the animals so they could trade the fur. The English wanted the land so they could expand their city and have more people live in North America. The Native Americans wanted if because it was their home.      
  • We need this land for fur so we can trade. 
  • This is our home, so we need this land! 
  • We need this land so we can live here.
  • The half-king convinced George Washington to attack a french peace maker named Jumonville. The half-king said that Jumonville's men were coming to attack them so they could get a head start.  When this happened, George Washington and his men killed Jumonville and either killed or injured  all Jumonville's men.  Then, the half-king's men went to the dead and injured men and scalped them all.        
  • We need to attack Jumonville before he attacts us.   
  • Are you sure he is coming to attack us?
  • George Washington retreated and set up Ft. Necessity. He set it up in the middle of a meadow with trees all around. Jumonville's brother attacks from the trees. They think they hear a cannon off in the distance so they stop attacking.  
  • George Washington was at first an inexperienced officer.  He made some costly decisions that could have resolved the war.  For example, a good general would never put a fort in a meadow surrounded by trees and in a small valley.  Not realizing this, George Washington chose this location for Ft. Necessity and they ended up getting attacked by the French and Native American army. Another example of George Washington's inexperience is when he signed a paper without knowing what it really said.
  • This paper says you can leave with all your men and it also says George Washington killed Jumonville. 
  • All I got is we get to leave. OK.
  • The French offered a surrender paper to George Washington.  He only had two men that spoke French.  Of the two men, the one that was better at interpreting was injured so the less experienced interpreter was sent.  He said that George Washington could leave with all his men.  He did not interpret the part that included blaming George Washington for Jumonville's death.
  • I will trust you on this one.  
  • I know I made some mistakes earlier but can I get a another chance.  
  • The International Conflict was between the French and Native Americans versus Britain.  They were all fighting for the land west of the Appalachians.  The British won the war and got all that land.
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