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The French and Indian War, Part 1



The French and Indian War, Part 1
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.96

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     challenging words:    blatant, encroachments, determined, recapture, governor-general, happening, trapping, eighteenth, skirmish, engagement, unforgiving, unwilling, resolve, income, populate, lieutenant
     content words:    American Frontier, Appalachian Mountains, Ohio Valley, Ohio Company, Native Americans, New France, Marquis Duquesne, Robert Dinwiddie, George Washington, Allegheny River


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The French and Indian War, Part 1
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     In the early eighteenth century, trouble was brewing on the American Frontier. The French trappers on the western side of the Appalachian Mountains were determined to keep that territory open for fur trapping, a major source of income. At the same time the British colonists were looking to expand into new lands. Then the British government granted lands in the Ohio Valley to the Ohio Company, and traders began moving in.
 
2     This blatant push into France's claimed lands alarmed the French. Native Americans allied with the French raided the British colonists, and their allies retaliated. The French set up a series of forts to help block future encroachments. Then in 1750, British and French representatives met in Paris to try to resolve the disputes. It didn't work. Neither side was truly willing to work with the other, and as a result, talks broke down.
 
3     Then in 1752, a new governor-general of New France was appointed. Marquis Duquesne was told by the king of France to clear all the English from French-claimed lands. While this was happening, Robert Dinwiddie, lieutenant governor of Virginia, continued to give out land grants to populate the new frontier.

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