• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Seven Years War/The French Indian War of North America 1756-1763 - The Battle for World Dominance between Britain and France

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Seven Years War/The French Indian War of North America 1756-1763 The Battle for World Dominance between Britain and France by Jan Hummel American History 131/291 November 30, 2004 The Seven Years War was the first major world war and a critical part of American History. The war was fought not only in North America, but also in Europe and India with Britain, Hanover, and Prussia fighting against France, Austria, Russia, and Spain. Britain and France struggled to gain land in these countries and fought for the ultimate world power. In North America this war is referred to as the French and Indian War. It, just like the wars in Europe, was a major struggle between Britain and France to control land. Each country knew gaining the vast majority of the land in North America would attain them world dominance they were struggling to achieve. Each country also knew that gaining the support of the Native Americans to fight on their side would win them the war. ...read more.

Middle

Even with their short supply of soldiers the war looked good for France. The French and Native Americans together captured Fort Oswego on Lake Ontario in 1756 and took Fort William Henry on Lake George in 1757. In 1756 King George had assigned William Pitt as First Minister of Britain knowing he would stop at nothing to capture America. The war looked bad for Britain and they seemed to be getting crushed from all angles, until two major turn of events happened. The Native Americans feared the French were gaining too much of an advantage in North America. At the treaty conference in Easton, PA in 1758 they officially withdrew their support for the French. Pitt knew he did not have the man power to send more troops to North America and made a deal with the colonists. He asked them to fight for the British army and in return Britain would accept the financial burden of the war. ...read more.

Conclusion

When the French refused their homes and villages were burned leaving them no place to go and very minimal personal belongings. Many of the French were sent to areas in Maryland and Pennsylvania, but most tried to move down to the Louisiana Territory. The Native Americans did not realize when they fought along side the British that soon after the war the British would be taking their own lands right out from under them. The Colonists also did not realize Britain would turn on them after the end of the war. Britain had agreed to take on the financial burden of the war in return for Colonial soldiers, but soon after began imposing tariffs and taxes on the Colonists to regain some of the money they lost during the war. Fighting together during the war really pulled the Colonists, Native Americans, and the British together, but any camaraderie that was gained was quickly replaced by tensions and hostilities that arose shortly after the end of the war. These tensions and hostilities ultimately lead this country into the Revolutionary War and the Colonists break away from British authority. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. Why And How Did Britain Survive The War From 1940-1943

    Massed air raids on civilians by the German airforce brought an early response from the RAF. Children were evacuated from London and other major cities to be taken to safer rural regions where they would be protected against German bombers flying from air bases in Europe.

  2. Account for the tensions between the Islamic World and the West

    It is possible to argue that in some Islamic states human rights violations are being committed against Muslims in the name of religion. Halliday points out "those who protest the loudest about violations are inhabitants of those countries, that is Muslims themselves."

  1. Describe the historical claims of Britain and Argentina to the Falkland Islands

    The discussions continued up to February 1982 just before the Falkland War began. 2)How and why did the policy of the British Government toward the Falkland Islands change after the Argentinian invasion of April 1982? In the 17th century when the Falklands had been founded and captured for the crown,

  2. Why was Britain able to win the Battle of Britain

    Moreover, the German had no plan. Goering (commander in chief) had no plan. He had no use of the latest technology and believed in old warrior ethos. Goering was a poor leader as he had no set tactic or visual targets. Goering kept changing bombing target.

  1. Many peoples have contributed to the development of the United States of America, a ...

    In March 1770 a group of soldiers fired into a crowd that was harassing them, killing five persons; news of the BOSTON MASSACRE spread through the colonies. The chastened ministry in London now repealed all the Townshend duties except for that on tea.

  2. Total War, Britain during the Second World War

    The most important of these came at the end of May and the beginning of June, when the survivors of the BEF, 310,000 men, were rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk and Calais. It was nothing more than a disaster, but Churchill and the press turned it into a victory.

  1. American History.

    responded by burning the main Pequot town and pretty much wiping them out. - For the next 30 years the Indians allowed the Europeans to spread over their territory, although they never blended into European society and most colonist didn't bother trying to convert them, with the exception of John

  2. The Battle of the Atlantic.

    This was only useful when the U-boat was under the water and as generally, U-boats only submerged to attack, by the time ASDIC detected a U-boat the convoy was already in danger. ASDIC gave no advance warning of a U-boat and thus there was no opportunity to reroute a convoy away from the danger.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work