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The Seven Years' War: battles and legacy
The first years of the Seven Years' War didn't go well for the British (even though 22 year old George Washington was in command!). Then they decided to spend a lot of money on winning the war -- and they succeeded! The only problem was how to pay back their debt . . . maybe some new taxes on the American colonists?
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- How much was England's debt?(21 votes)
- According to this source http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/timeline/amrev/britref/, it was more than 122 million pounds.(25 votes)
- When the French or Acadians were taken over by George Washinton, out of all the places they could go why did the Acadians go to Louisiana?(13 votes)
- thay did't have much choice(1 vote)
- Why did much more Indians go with the French (France) than the English (England)?(5 votes)
- I think it might’ve been the fact that the French weren’t trying to kick them off their land; the French just wanted to trade. The English on the other hand waged war after war and numerous raids on the Indian. The Indians had a lot of reasons to be mad at the English.(13 votes)
- The debt accrued by the British government paved the way for colonial rebellions and the French debt help led to the monarchy being removed.
The argument could be made that the fall out helped set the stage for World War I.
Which leads me to wonder have any of the actors involved saw a long term benefit from this war?(7 votes)
- There are actually multiple possibilities each side saw from winning the war. The French probably thought they could have won the Ohio valley and then built up their armies there and then launch attacks on the colonies. On the other hand, New France (Canada) didn't have has much soldiers as the British, but they did have next door allies, the Indians, who would probably be willing to help their friends fight their hated enemies, the British ( I mean come on, who doesn't want a scalp? ). France might have saw future build ups in the Ohio area of their soldiers to attack the colonies, and who knows, if they did win, I might be speaking French right now.(7 votes)
- AT6:12Kim says pretty much all the fighting is done in North America by 1760 why does it continue for another 3 years(3 votes)
- The post office was slow then, telegraphs hadn't yet been invented, and sailing ships were at the mercy of the winds.(8 votes)
- Where did the British get the money from for this war? It was said that they had big national debt after it, but as far as I've understood, they and France were the richest empires in the world. I assume they didn't borrow from France. Did they borrow from other smaller countries, or from some global financial corporations or maybe reduced spending on other things inside the country and direct money to war?(4 votes)
- The Treasury borrowed from banks and investors. Progress on paying debts had to be made or no more loans would be forthcoming.(4 votes)
- Why wasnt Spain considered to be included in the competition of the worlds dominant empire? Did they not have the same resources and influence as the French and English at the time?(3 votes)
- Southern Spain, from which the fleets sailed and to which they returned, didn't suffer from an annual winter season, as did the ports of France and Britain.(5 votes)
- Why is George Washington's hand hidden in the portrait?(1 vote)
- Hands are notoriously difficult to paint and get right. Faces are difficult, too, but a portrait NEEDS a face, doesn't it? So, If a painter can get things that are not necessary out of the frame, I don't blame her.(4 votes)
- What is the Albany Plan of Union?(1 vote)
- The Albany Plan of Union was a plan to create a unified government for the Thirteen Colonies, suggested by Benjamin Franklin, then a senior leader (age 48) and a delegate from Pennsylvania, at the Albany Congress on July 10, 1754, in Albany, New York. More than twenty representatives of several Northern Atlantic colonies had gathered to plan their defense related to the French and Indian War, the front in North America of the Seven Years' War between Great Britain and France, spurred on by George Washington's recent defeat in the Ohio valley. The Plan represented one of multiple early attempts to form a union of the colonies "under one government as far as might be necessary for defense and other general important purposes."(5 votes)
- if it was the first global war then why it not called ww1 ??(1 vote)
- I guess it's because it was already called the "Seven Years War." Although it was, as Winston Churchill described it, the "first world war".(4 votes)
- [Narrator] So we've been discussing the Seven Year's War in North America. Also commonly called the French and Indian War but, as I mentioned in the last video I think Seven Year's War is a better name for this conflict because it was the first global war that happened more than 150 years before World War I. And this global war was at its heart, about who would be the dominant empire in the world. Would it be England? Or would it be France? Now in the North American theater of this war, England, France, their Native American allies on both sides were vying for territory and particularly territory along the Appalachian mountain range in upstate New York, Canada. This kind of western territory that was the border between the English settlement and Indian country to the west. In this video, let's talk about how the war actually progressed and what it's consequences were for North America and later, the United States. All right, so we've got the English, the French, and a number of Native American tribes all kind of jostling for position in North America. Now what stresses the British out the most is the presence of the French in the Ohio River Valley. Both, the British and the French have laid claim to this territory. And they're both eager to strengthen their territorial claims, by building forts, and otherwise having a show of possession of the area. They argue over who had a presence there first. So to establish the English presence in the Ohio River Valley the English send a young officer named George Washington to build a fort. George Washington is only 22 years old at the time. And he and his men go out to this area and they run into some French with their Native American allies at Fort Duquesne which is where the Alaganee, Monhongahela, and Ohio rivers come together. Which is today, Pittsburgh. So George Washington and his allies get the jump on the French. But, that doesn't last very long. They're overpowered and they fall back and establish Fort Necessity. On account of it was necessary. And they managed to hold out for a little while but eventually the French, the Canadians, and their Native America allies forced Washington to surrender. And he goes back to Virginia. So that's 1754. And we'll call that Fail number one. All right, so then a year later 1755, the British try to displace the French from Fort Duquesne once again. And they send Major General Edward Braddock with George Washington, once again, now he's 23. Back to Fort Duquesne and it's a complete disaster. This time, the French and their Indian allies get the drop on the English, and with a much smaller force, completely desinate the English troops. And Braddock is killed. And George Washington has to take command of the retreat. So that's Fail number two. In general, this war does not go terribly well for the British at the beginning, except in one area, Acadia, where the British manage to attain control and they kick out the French settlers, the Acadians, who are transported down to the French settlement of New Orleans. In Louisiana. Where eventually, their name becomes garbled and they're known as the Cajuns. Not the Acadians, but the Cajuns. In 1756 England finally gets around to actually declaring war on France. But it's really not for another year that the war starts to actually go well in 1757. And the reason that the war starts going well for the English, finally, is that the Prime Minister, William Pitt, decides that he is going to pour money into this endeavor. So he thinks that the English have just not had enough men, materials, money, Indian allies, up until this point. So he is really going to commit the British empire to exiling the French from this area of North America. So between 1757 and 1760, things really start looking up for the British. They finally capture Fort Duquesne. And they capture the Ohio Valley. Nova Scotia. Upstate New York. And, Quebec. So, by 1760 pretty much all the fighting is done in North America. The English have more or less forced the French out of the eastern seaboard and Canada. And in 1763, the English and the French sit down to hammer out the Treaty of Paris. So the Treaty of Paris, in 1763, and I apologize, I cannot help the fact that there are like a million treaties of Paris. There's also the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War. There's the Treaty of Paris that ended the Spanish American War. Paris was the place where you made treaties and they're all called the Treaty of Paris. But this is the one that happened in 1763. In general, this was a big victory. For the English. The English not only got most of France's possessions in the New World. They got New France, AKA Canada. They got Spanish Florida. Spain was fighting on the side of France. So they lose that. They got a bunch of Sugar Islands. In the Caribbean. And they pretty much got recognized as the premiere power in Europe. And the premiere imperial power. So, the largest and most powerful empire in the world. And let's not forget that the colonial Americans citizens of Massachusetts, and New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, they were on the winning side here. They fought alongside the British regulars. They repelled the French and their Native American allies. This was actually a pretty big confidence boost for young America. But there were some other consequences of this war. On the not so good side, the Seven Year's War was not particularly good for Native Americans, in general. Both those who had allied with the British. And those who had allied with the French. They no longer had two imperial powers vying against each other in North America that they could play off of each other. Now, Native Americans were only dealing with the British. Who certainly were not giving them a fair seat at the table. Not long after the Seven Year's War, they will institute what's called the Proclamation of 1763. Which was basically a boundary line along the Appalachian mountains saying that that was going to be the end of white settlement. That they would reserve all the lands west of the Appalachians for Native Americans. Well, you can imagine how much the American white settlers respected that. Which is to say, they completely ignored this boundary line. So, the Native Americans will continue to be pushed farther west. And to develop more of what we call a race consciousness. The idea that they were all in one big group together who had to combine forces to repel English settlement. The other major outcome of the Seven Year's War was taxation. Remember that William Pitt won the Seven Year's War by pouring money into it. At the end of the Seven Year's War England is in a lot of debt. And, they have just gone to a lot of trouble to protect their North American interests. Now, as they are looking for ways to make revenue to make up the deficit, the Seven Year's War has placed on them, they look at their North American colonists and say, "You should pay your way." And, the American colonists, who have been used to more than century of called salutary, or benign neglect, are shocked and outraged that the British empire is now clamping down on them. And the colonists reaction to those new taxes will propel the colonies into revolution.