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Prelude to the French and Indian War



Prelude to the French and Indian War
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.63

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    fairer, determined, detachment, bloodshed, slaughter, confederation, banded, better, relationship, motivation, introduction, accumulate, economic, mutual, neutral, reputation
     content words:    North America, Central America, South America, Mississippi River, Great Lakes, Lawrence River, Appalachian Mountains, Native Americans


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Prelude to the French and Indian War
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Details of war can be very confusing not just to those taking part but also for those who are learning about it later on. An introduction can be helpful in identifying those involved and their motivation.
 
2     The major European nations of Spain, France, and England were the countries who were interested in North America during the colonial period. Each one jealously held as much land as they could because it represented a great deal of potential wealth.
 
3     The Spanish were most interested in gold. Their efforts were mostly seated in the southern U.S. area, Central America, and South America. The French wanted wealth too, and they realized that it would most likely accumulate through the fur trade. This by itself required vast amounts of land. The English appreciated both of those means of gaining wealth but saw greater possibilities of wealth through colonization and land development.
 
4     Spain controlled Florida and the Southwest, while France controlled the Mississippi River valley north to the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River and east to the Appalachian Mountains. Britain's land was the comparatively narrow strip of territory between the Appalachians and the ocean.
 
5     French trappers were aware of how quickly Britain's colonies were growing. The English colonies were always looking for new land for their growing population to settle.

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