French And Indian War Essay
The French and Indian War (or the Seven Years War), one of the bloodiest wars in the
18th century, took place from 1756 to 1763. This war was the product of an imperial struggle between France and England over colonial land, wealth, and some say to even prove dominance within their rivalry. France and England were the “world leaders” at this time and with the start of the 13 colonies in North America, they both saw a great opportunity to expand land holdings and to spread their culture. Unfortunately, the tension between the two gradually increased until it eventually exploded into war. Some battles were fought between
Native Americans and colonists and others between colonists of different European nations.
Overall, the struggle of wealth, land, and ultimately power turned into a very long blood bath that ended in England’s favor but also led to yet another war.
France and England were huge rivals even before the war even started. Ever since the
“olden days” they have been at each others throats. The rivalry started back in 1166, when the
French invaded England;these two countries have competed against each other ever since. In the Seven Years War, nothing changed regarding the rivalry except that there was a new opportunity to spread culture, gain even more land, and acquire wealth. This is why the French and Indian War even started.
Throughout the war, many territories were lost and gained between the French and the
British. At the beginning of the war, France controlled Canada and much of the Louisiana
Territory and Great Britain controlled much of the east coast of North America. During the war, the British had captured the French colonies of Canada,
Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, and Tobago, the French trading posts in India, the slave-trading station at Gorée, the Sénégal River and its settlements, and the
Spanish colonies of Manila and Havana. France had captured Minorca