Lesson: The Start of the French and Indian War
THE START OF THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR
French and Indian War
This lesson will discuss the beginning of the French and Indian War, a war that had been building up between France and England for many years. The French and English both wanted to control world trade and to dominate the oceans with their naval power. In addition, both countries wanted to be in control of North America. France had control over most of the land in North America, but the English had a small portion along the East Coast which was becoming over populated. The English needed more land and felt the only way to alleviate the population problem was to advance westward. The French did not agree with this movement, so they started a process of building forts to stop any westward advancement by the English. George Washington had a major role in the beginning of this war as a person and a leader.
Based on his personal journal entries, students will examine Washington's leadership abilities and character traits which would project him into a leadership role in the French and Indian War.
Quotes from George Washington:
George Washington. Writings. New York: Library of America, 1997.
Timeline of French and Indian War:
Handout #1: Anticipation Guide (See Linked File LP1)
George Washington's Journal: (TEACHER NOTE: The first website contains an excerpt regarding the Ohio River and the second contains Washington's complete journal.)
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