Settlement in the Ohio River Valley was fought over by the French and the British. Both of these empires had ownership of the land.
Let's build a fort called Fort Duquesne to keep the British out of this land!
The French have built a new fort! We need to defeat them and take the land. I know who we can hire and trust...
British and colonial forces combined to defeat the French near Nova Scotia
General Edward Braddock
British suffered defeat near Fort Duquesne when the French ran into a French and Indian ambush.
After siezing the French fortress of Louisbourg, General James Wolfe attacked the stronghold of Quebec during 1759.
Montreal was captured by British, and they forced the French Governor General to surrender the rest of Canada and forts around Great Lakes.
Treaty was made to distinguish the boundary between British and Spanish claims, which was the Mississippi River.
British kept lands such as Canada, the Great Lakes, Florida, and the Ohio River Valley. The French were driven from North America.
The British had fought a hard war to claim areas of North America, which made them want more control over the colonies. They tried taxing colonists to assuage the large war debt.
Colonists started thinking of themselves as separate from the British, and were angered by the strong British command. They created the Albany Plan of Union as an attempt to unite all colonies, although it ultimately failed.