Seven Years War

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The Seven Years War was a war known as the French and Indian War in Great Britain. It was between the British and French for control of North America. With a grim outlook for England not becoming victorious, they had to invent a new stategedy. All the previous leaders for the British proved to be unsuccessful in victory, Britain appointed William Pitt in 1756, who decided in order to win the war, a new strategic defense needed to be implemented. William Pitt decided to fight the war on unfamiliar ground unlike Braddock, who was defeated by the Canadians, French and Indians. The Seven Years War the way I view it, could have been devastating to each side had it not been for the Indians. Both sides needed them in order to become victorious. In the end, the Indians sided with Anglo American forces because they feared the French would invade the Ohio valley, a fur trading post that the Indians felt was theirs. The treaty was a compromise but it was the turning point in Britain's power in North America and the beginning of the end for France's New World possessions. England was able to keep everything it won during the war and the French trade with the Americas was essentially ended.

In America the Seven Years war affected Americans and British relationship. Britain was under the impression that it had funded the majority of the cost to keep the colonies safe from another attack from the French. Also, Americans felt like the Sugar Act of 1764 and Stamp Act of 1765 was unjust imposed on them to help keep the colonies in operation. Had the French acquired the Ohio valley, they could have become a huge fur trading post and been a very powerful country which could have ruled Canada and Louisiana, now called United States and Canada.

America Past & Present Volume I to 1877.  Special Texas Edition.  “Seven Years’ War.” Robert A. Divine, T.H. Breen, George M. Fredrickson, R. Hal Williams, Ariela J. Gross, H. W. Brands, and Randy Roberts.  New York: ...
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