The Inescapable Conflict

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I wrote this about the French and Indian War for school a year ago. I thought I should share it.

Submitted: December 26, 2011

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The Inescapable Conflict

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The French and Indian War in North America was unavoidable. In the 1700s the English and the French had been cunning enemies. The English colonists traveled across the incredibly large Appalachian Mountains to build houses and start farms in the Ohio River Valley. John Cabot, who had discovered it, was the reason why they believed that North America was English. Like the English, the French thought that the land was theirs. La Salle stood at the mouth of the Mississippi River and claimed all the land that drained through it for the French. Forts appeared along the river. The forts belonged to the French. They sent soldiers to keep the English out of the land. Mournfully, in 1754 extreme fighting erupted between the enemies, the French and the English.

Many Indians willingly helped France, while only the Iroquois helped England. The audacious General Edward Braddock, who was put in charge of the French army, advanced with his army into America. He was inexperienced and marched as if he were in a parade. His army wore red coats. The English put William Pitt in charge of their part of the war. He sent John Wolfe to America. Wolfe took over a very important French fort in 1758. Bravely, he captured Quebec in 1759. Because of this, the brilliant English conquered the French even without the help of all the Indians.

In 1763, the French and the English signed a treaty, which altered the map of North America. Because of the treaty, the French gave up Canada and their vast territory east of the Mississippi River, but they kept New Orleans. Because Spain helped the French, the French gave Spain the territory from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and New Orleans. The French’s strength subsided. They only kept possession of some small islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  The English took Florida from Spain. The English now owned half of North America. Astonishingly, the 1763 treaty of the French and Indian War had permanently changed the map of North America. Clearly, this conflict over the natural resources of North America fought by the Indians, French, and the English was inescapable.


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