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3. Battlefields of the Seven Years’ War. MAP 18.3 Why was the Seven Years’ War called the “first world war”? Outside of Europe where did the major conflicts take place, and who was/were the victor(s)? Why did the overseas battles take place where they did? What was North America’s strategic location for the nations involved in the Seven Years’ War? (p. 540)The Seven Years’ War was called the “first world war” because it was a major struggle between 5 great powers, which were settled around the world. Outside of Europe, the major conflicts took place in North America, and the victors being Prussia and Britain. The overseas battles took place where they did because of being a destination between North America and France. The strategic locations in North America were the waterways of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and Ohio River valley.Primary Sources