The colonists seeked an alliance with a neutral tribe, the Iroquois. They controlled western New York, which the French passed to arrive at the Ohio River. The colonists and the tribe met in 1754 in Albany, New York.
Although they failed to form an alliance, the tribe did assist the British.
During the conference, Benjamin Franklin also proposed the Plan of Union, where the colonies formed their own federal government. However, this plan was rejected.
In 1755, Edward Braddock, George Washington, and 1400 British troops and 450 militia troops attempted to attack the French fort Fort Duquesne.
7 miles in, the French and Native Americans ambushed the British, killing Braddock. Washington successfully retreated, and the French and Indian War roared on for two more years.
The British slowly cut off French supplies, and the Iroquois tribe convinced the other tribes the British would win, so most of the natives gave up. The British took over Quebec and New France, and signed the Treaty of Paris in 1763, ending the war. and removing French control in North America.