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

Why Was War Declared In 1756?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

´╗┐Ben Jacques Why Was War Declared In 1756? War was declared in 1756 after over a year of fighting that had already been happening, the war was caused for a variety of factors including the Ohio territory dispute, previous tension and wars between Britain and France and British and French aggression. The most important being previous tensions and the Ohio territory dispute. The Ohio territory was central to tension that had built up between Britain and France over the years previous to the war. The treaty of Aix-La-Chapelle had failed to establish borders with continuity and as a result both Britain and France saw each other as encroaching on land that was their territory. Both countries laid claim to the land and so they both met each other, for example the battle at Fort Necessity was a clear indicator that although war had not been declared both sides were beginning to fight each other. ...read more.

Middle

both sides had become tired of fighting however there had been no decisive conclusion to the war and the underlying tensions for previous wars were still there. The tensions that had been between the two superpowers were mainly to do with trade. Britain based its empire on naval strength; however France threatened this supremacy with a large naval and trading force of its own. The 7 Years War and previous wars had all been based around the struggle between the two nations for trade supremacy. In America Britain was doing significantly better than the French. Fort Oswego, a large British trading post, was described as the ?ruin of New France? because it monopolised trade with the Indians as they had better links to ports and therefore the rest of the world. ...read more.

Conclusion

Thousands of British regulars and officers had already fought and died in America by the time war was declared and attacks had been made on Ohio forts, Lake Champlain and Fort Beausejour. War was well in swing by the time the two sides had written formal declaration of it. British aggression also helped cause the war as those in Parliament such as Lord Cumberland pushed for more belligerent military involvement and pressure groups were formed pursuing further military action against the French. Britain?s people wanted a war even though Newcastle wanted limited involvement. In conclusion war was declared in 1756 due to a number of factors however I believe that combining with long running tensions between the two countries the dispute over the Ohio territory was the main reason that war was declared. ...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 Other Historical Periods 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 Other Historical Periods essays

  1. The First English Civil War

    The position of affairs for Parliament was perhaps at its worst in January. The Royalist successes of November and December, the ever-present dread of foreign intervention, and the burden of new taxation which Parliament now found itself compelled to impose, disheartened its supporters.

  2. Louis XIV's fondness of war resulted his downfall

    others due to his inability to read situations but to also opt out of them. Louis' decided against dethroning his grandson from Madrid, and this is sufficient cause for him to carry on his fighting. This resulted in better terms at the end of the war.

  1. Assess the factors that lead to the defeat of Boudica and the Iceni in ...

    This was crucial to the outcome of the battle and was perhaps the major factor that led to the Celts defeat. Given that Boudica had what seemed to be an insurmountable advantage, when that was taken away the battle opened right up and allowed the Romans to use their advantage of tactical superiority, strength and weaponry.

  2. Why did Britain not establish an independant Palestine jointly ruled by Arabs and Jews ...

    Of special importance was the Suez canal that constituted a vital access route to India, Thus Palestine would serve as a buffers zone between British and French territories, protecting Britain's control over the canal. This would allow Britain to consolidate its empire through a London-Cairo-Indian axis.

  1. How were the lives of Civilians affected by the Second World War

    It claims that the morale was low. The sources differ for a few reasons. Source 15 was written in October 1940, whilst source 16 was earlier in September 1940. There could have been periods of heavier bombing. Another reason could be the placing of the sources.

  2. The Spanish Civil War

    The coalition expended great efforts to annul the social legislation that had been passed in the previous years, especially in agrarian reform. During this time, there were general strikes in Valencia and Zaragoza, street conflicts in Madrid and Barcelona,

  1. Britain between the wars

    The May Committee report had to be followed if financial aid was to be made accessible. The ministers were hopelessly split over the benefits cut. The TUC denounced the cuts in benefits and public sector pay to affect teachers, police officers and servicemen.

  2. Notes on Cleopatra and her links with Rome

    The value of the silver coinage could also be manipulated to the king's advantage. The peasants, although producing all the wealth, had no political power. A few native Egyptians did ascend to limited power, once they have been Hellenised and could speak Greek.

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