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The War That Made America The French & Indian War 7 Years War Part 4
Effects Of The War
Washington came away from his early ventures in the West with a conviction that the destiny of Virginia, and later of the United States itself, would be one of expansion. Washington had limited experience with Native American allies during the French and Indian War, but during his presidency declared that Native American policy was one of his top priorities. Learn more about George Washington's early military experience in this article from Mount Vernon. Though war was not formally declared until , armed conflict began in as disputes over land claims in the Ohio Valley lead to a series of frontier battles between the French and British. Both received support from various Native American tribes, though the outnumbered French became far more dependent on these allies as the war progressed.
The French and Indian War (–) pitted the colonies of British America against those of . When war broke out, the French colonists used their trading connections to recruit fighters from tribes in western portions of the Great Lakes.
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What Was the French and Indian War?
In , prior to the outbreak of hostilities, Great Britain controlled the 13 colonies up to the Appalachian Mountains, but beyond lay New France, a very large, sparsely settled colony that stretched from Louisiana through the Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes to Canada. The border between French and British possessions was not well defined, and one disputed territory was the upper Ohio River valley. The French had constructed a number of forts in this region in an attempt to strengthen their claim on the territory. British colonial forces, led by Lieutenant Colonel George Washington, attempted to expel the French in , but were outnumbered and defeated by the French. However, his adversaries in the Cabinet outmaneuvered him by making the plans public, thus alerting the French Government and escalating a distant frontier skirmish into a full-scale war. The war did not begin well for the British.