Early Battles and Fort Necessity
In 1753, French forces began to build a series of Forts along the Allegheny River in Ohio
territory, impinging upon land claimed by Virginia in its charter of 1609. Robert Dinwiddie, the
Virginia's Lieutenant Gover
A Tenuous Peace (1760-63)
After the surrender of Canada in 1760, the war was effectively over in North America.
Nonetheless, fighting continued in other parts of the world for the next two years and small
skirmishesespecially Indian raidsoccasiona
British Ascension (1758)
In December 1756, William Pitt became the leader of the British ministry. He adopted
aggressive new policies that had a crucial effect on the latter half of the war. One of those
policies was, in October 1757, to recall th
Important People and Places
British and colonials
Earl of Loundoun - Appointed commander-in-chief of the British forces in 1756, Loundoun
presided over, and caused, many devastating failures for the British.
Major General Edward Braddock - The first gener
Declared War and French Dominance
The years 1756 and 1757 brought three things: the arrival of Louis-Joseph de Montcalm,
newly appointed commander-in-chief of the French forces in North America, declarations of
war by the two mother countries, and
The Massacre at Fort William Henry
The fall of Fort William Henry and the ensuing "massacre" of the surrendered English on
August 8, 1757 is one of the most famous incidents in American history. As dramatized by
James Fenimore Cooper in The Last o
Despite General Edward Braddock's massive failure and the unrest of the regiments at Fort
Oswego, there was good news for the British in 1755. William Johnson's troops had a
surprising victory at Crown Point on Lake Champlain, takin
March 15, 1744-October 18, 1748: King George's War The warm-up to the French and
Indain War between France and England, also fought for domination over North America.
Ends with the treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle and no clear victor.
The Failure of General Braddock
Soon after the capitulation of Fort Necessity, the British crown and Parliament learned that
78 French troops had been deployed to attack the British fort Oswego in Canada. Parliament
responded by allocating more mo
Battle of Quebec
After the French abandoned Crown Point, the British controlled the western frontier.
However, the French strongholds were further north, in Quebec and Montreal. These were
also the French cities and forts that were most heavily su