I need to claim this river for France, along with the Mississippi River, to use for transportation!
Ohio River Valley, 1740s
No! The British fur traders need this land to sell for profit!
Albany Conference, 1754, Albany, New York. British colonial delegates meet with Iroquois to arrange an alliance. Iroquois refuse but offer to give some support.
Ohio River, spring of 1754. George Washington and his men attack French forts but later retreat and create Fort Necessity.
One month later, a large French force attacks Fort Necessity, and George Washington surrenders.
Virginia, 1755. British General Edward Braddock, with 1,400 British troops, 450 Virginia militia troops, and George Washington by his side, attacks French Fort Duquesne. They are ambushed by French and American Indians, and Braddock is killed.
British cut off supplies and reinforcements from France, and the Iroquois realize that the British will probably win the war. Iroquois pressure their American Indian allies to stop fighting, and so they give up. Now, the French are outnumbered. The British take Quebec and New France. The war ended in 1763 with the Treaty of Paris. Treaty of Paris stopped French power in America.