French & Indian War

The Seven Years War

Overview

The French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years War, was a period of time when the French and the British had gone against each other because of an argument of claimed territory as well as trade with the Native Americans. This had made the French angry and upset in the fact that they had their land stolen from them; from this their original Indian alliances had gone away and instead went to the opposing side, the British. This had motivated the French into attacking the different forts that the British had captured. After a long and heated war, the British had come out on the top; they held a special session that allowed Britain to take control of Canada and had also limited the colonists' movement by blockading them from the Appalachian Mountains. Because there was an argument over different understandings of the situation, a war had broken out.

The Original Cause

What had cause this war to happen? As most people think about the general idea about the war,they don't knows how it even happened at all. This war had originated during the 18th century; as the colonists were moving out, foreign regions also stated to gain unclaimed territories. For instance, the western territory of what is now presently regions like California, Texas, Montana,and North and South Dakota was once an unclaimed territory; very few people, such as Indians owned small tribal areas. There was a major conflict between the different perspectives of the French and the British. For the French, they were really confident that no one would interfere with them after winning many battles, but suddenly the British came out of nowhere. They had  stated that they would have a majority of this unclaimed land and no one is allowed to touch it. Another  reason was that the French were making trading posts out in that land which was mostly near the border line of Canada and the intersection of rivers near Ohio. The British were complaining that they had done most of their trading with the Indians to get necessary supplies for their country and to make money (also known as mercantilism). The French were outright infuriated with this idea and slowly started to be rude and ugly against them; this had soon grown quickly into a feud with the French and the British. Some of the many factors of the French and Indian War were the alliances they had made with some of the Indian tribes; however, there was betrayal between different groups that  changed how the war was going to break out.

Different/Interesting Facts

The British and one of the allied Indian groups, the Mingoes, had given the title 'Half King' to a person called Tanaghrisson (or Tanacharison).

When French leader Joseph de Jumonville was very injured, he tried to explain that he was on a "peaceful mission" but despite that, Tanaghrisson had interrupted the conversation and killed him.

A British Prime Minster had heard of the plead of help from the colonists; North Carolina responded but didn't respond but the prime minister had quickly planned to attack the French while they had the advantage.

A Virginian Governor, Dinwiddie, had sent a militia to protect a fort which had been very important place for Native Americans to trade.

Impact From the War

War doesn't seem to be a very good task to do in life, but it affects not only the people that fight but everyone else also; people can die from war, people can rebel the government, betrayal, and many more mischievous acts. If we hadn't taken part of the war and its aftermath then there wouldn't be a big country (the United States) and the country would develop differently than what's expected.  If the French won, we wouldn't probably have a country like we do today; some major events that could happen would be very hard for our country because we would barely any land claimed at all and it would slowly be a feud between the other foreign countries in land claiming. This war had a very reasonable influence with the general outline of the United States overall; such of an impact could've affected the people living in the colonies, any professions that could've changed,different cultures, and a possibility of development in technology or no technology being made as well as future wars. If we can figure out a way to find a more safer way to not prevent war from happening, everything would be less dangerous to everyone. For instance, we could have representatives assemble and discuss amongst themselves as well as other representatives from other countries how they should act. At first, this just seems really farfetched but we will one day be able to do it and we would have less things to worry about.

Sources

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"French and Indian War (1754-1763)." gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History.Ed. Thomas Carson and Mary Bonk. Detroit: Gale, 1999. N. pag. Student Resources in Context. Web. 25 Mar. 2015

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Pabst, Adrian. "How to Prevent War." World Public Forum - Dialogue of Civilizations. Pabst, 12 Mar. 2014. web. 06 Apr. 2015.

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