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Karen Mascareno HIS-144 16 December 2018 Professor Watson Early American Wars: The French and Indian War Throughout the course of American history in particular, there have been a number of wars that have helped shape the American identity and changed the course of events in America that would follow. Such wars include the French and Indian War, the War of 1812 and the American Revolution, all of which contributed to what makes America unique, such as the upholding of a representative democracy, the belief in fairness and equality, or the idea that the citizens deserve to speak up against their government. This essay will focus on the French and Indian War. It will outline the causes of the war, describe the course of the war, discuss the outcomes of the war, and it will explain how the war became a contribution to the creation of the unique American identity. Causes of the War The French and Indian War was one that was fought a North American dissension largely between Great Britain and France (French and Indian War) and was also known as the Seven Years’ War. As a result of ongoing tensions arising on the North American frontiers. A primary cause of the war became French and British imperial officials seeking to extend their respective country’s influence in the regions (French and Indian War). In essence, the two parties of the French and Indian War were fighting largely for the control of North American regions that would spread the power and influence of the respective nations (Funk & Wagnall, 2018). More specifically, the issue arose over whether the Ohio River Valley would belong to the British or
French empires (French and Indian War). English settlers were predominant in the area that was coveted by both sides; however, the French had formed alliances with Native Americans who were in a preponderance within the area as well (Funk & Wagnall, 2018). With rising tensions, the French moved to stake their claim over the Ohio River Valley, which saw to a British response that would soon spark a war.

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