Seven Years War

Seven Years War

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Exemplar of events leading up to the American Revolution

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  • Spain
  • France
  • Sweden
  • England
  • Holland
  • Fort Duquesne
  • People from Europe started coming to live in America in the 1600s.
  • French troops had several forts west of the Appalachian Mountains in early 1750s. The most famous fort was Fort Duquesne. George Washington tried to take this fort, but failed. He came back with General Edward Braddock, and they defeated Ft. Duquesne. At that point, England felt her best chance to win the war against France was to take Canada.
  • Lots of battles in Canada: - Lake Champlain was a main battleground - 1757, French took over Fort William Henry which controlled Hudson River and northern New York - British came back and took island fortresses of Louisbourg, then later that year (1758) Fort Frontenac on Lake Ontario
  • More battles: - 1759 British victory at Fort Niagara, control over Great Lakes - 1759 British victory at Quebec, French headquarters in Canada - 1760 British defeated Montreal, the last French stronghold - September 8, 1760, French surrendered Montreal, which was pretty much the end of the war
  • Treaty of Paris - 1763 •The Treaty of Paris officially ended the French & Indian War. •The British gained land from colonies to the Mississippi River •French agreed to give up rights to any colonies in North America •Spain gave up Florida for Cuba
  • Results: - France was out of North America - Britain was in debt due to the war - Colonists understood how British troops fought, knew their vulnerabilities, and the success of guerrilla tactics
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