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  • The french had developed allies and trading partners with many Native Americans 
  • Ohio river valley
  • IT'S OURS!
  • Both the Britain and France claimed the Ohio River Valley was theirs. 
  • This is what led to the French and Indian war.
  • The governor of Virginia sent a militia to drive out the French, headed by 21 year old George Washington.
  • Washington set up his own fort, called Fort Necessity. While the French, with their Native American allies, defeated Washington, but the colonists viewed him as a hero for taking on the French.
  • The French used the alliances they had with the Natives to help them fight. 
  • The natives showed the French how to use guerrilla warfare (Guerrilla warfare is a form of irregular warfare in which a small group of combatants, such as paramilitary personnel, armed civilians, or irregulars, use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics, and mobility to fight a larger and less-mobile traditional military.)
  • Benjamin Franklin, developed a plan for a centralized union or government to coordinate war efforts. With delegates representing 7 of the colonies, this gathering marked the first time the colonies organized together.
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • The meeting failed in its objectives, as colonial assemblies didn’t want to give up any power to a national government, but this gathering would mark the beginning of the states viewing themselves as “united.”
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