The British (in red) and French (in blue) failed to get along in Europe. They fought three wars over dominance of the continent, and their colonies joined in the war efforts as well.
The British and French were interested in the Ohio River Valley. The French could use the river along with the Mississippi to travel to Louisiana, while British fur traders and land speculators were interested in profiting from the valley.
The French created forts from Lake Ontario to the Ohio River. The governor of Virginia told militia officer, George Washington, to remove the forts.
When the British marched towards the Ohio River, they encountered a small French force. The British retreated and formed a nearby fort named Fort Necessity.
About a month later, the French arrived and overwhelmed the British force in Fort Necessity. Washington was forced to surrender.