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THE FRENCH AND INDIANS The French and Indian War was caused by the worldwide struggle for empire by France Spain and England The fighting of these countries often times spilled over into North America where colonist were dragged into three wars King Williams War Queen Annes War and King Georges War these wars lasted between 1689 and 1748 With the threat of war breaking out in Europe the prospect of more colonial warfare remained To gather a plan of defense and to gain Iroquois as allies representatives from seven colonies and the Iroquois League met in Albany New York During the Albany Congress the delegates adopted Benjamin Franklins Albany Plan of Union However the colonial assemblies rejected the plan fearing that it would cause a raise in taxes and give Great Britain an up hand in power The Iroquois decided that the English were too disunited to defeat the French would not commit their support In 1749 land speculators bought land in Virginia hoping that there would be a quick profit form its resale The Virginians felt the need to protect their land so the built forts at the junction of Ohio Allegheny and Monongahela rivers- this is present day Pittsburgh Pennsylvania The French thought that the land was theirs as well so of course this caused some friction between the British and French During the friction the French decided to dive the Virginians off of the land Once the Virginians were off the land they completed the fort and named it Fort Duquesne This outraged Lieutenand Governor Robert Dinwiddie of Virginia sent George Washington and a company of militia to send the French from the area But the French but up a good fight for the land The British was just as determined to keep the land so they sent General Braddock Washington and a large force of British and colonial soldiers to take Fort Duquesne back for their own The colonial forces
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