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Why Was War Declared In 1756?

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´╗┐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.

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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.

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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.

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