The Seven Years War (1756-1763) was one of the major conflicts in history since the fall of Rome. It had Bourbon King Louis XV on one side trying as hard as possible to repeat the golden days of Louis XIV and Frederick II of an emerging Prussia backed by British gold provided by William Pitt on the other.
The Seven Years War was mainly the result of trading rights. The British colonials (Americans) were pinned up against the Atlantic seaboard, with only the Hudson Bay company in the north challenging the French trading. With thirty-three times the population in less than half the land area, the British found the need to expand. But doing so, they would enter the Ohio Valley, controlled by France.
If you looked at a map of North America at that time, you would notice the colours of Britain and France crossing over an area in the Ohio Valley, New Brunswick and south of Hudson Bay.
Acadia (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick), established by the French by Champlain in 1604 (he turned Stadacona, a trading post, into Quebec in 1608) was the main cause of conflict before France in 1713, on its knees, had to cede it to Queen Anne of Britain.
The first war in a series of four was the King William's War. It was fought by William III, Stadtholder of the Netherlands, King of England, Scotland and Ireland to stop Louis XIV from completing his grand design.
It had little influence on North American affairs although Frontenac terrorized New England after Sir William Phips took his ships up to the walls of Quebec and Frontenac replying "I will answer you with the mouths of my cannons and muskets." Phips withdrew.
The second, Queen Anne's War (War of Spanish Succession) a revival of the grand design, saw France losing to Marlbourgh in Europe at Bleinheim, Ramillies, Malplaquet, the capture of Gibraltar, but Louis XIV's grandson, Philip, Duc d'Anjou placed on the Spanish throne.
The main effect of the war in Canada, was the loss of Acadia to the French - a loss...
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