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The French and Indian War, Part 2

The French and Indian War, Part 2
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     challenging words:    negotiators, happening, reinforcement, withdraw, foothold, cultural, wounded, retreat, commander, refused, victory, mainly, navy, provided, province, government
     content words:    Those English, George Washington, French Canadians, Fort Lydius, Braddock Maneuver, Fort Beausejour, Nova Scotia, Native Americans, New England

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The French and Indian War, Part 2
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     Braddock was on his way to meet the French. He marched his men in a column three men wide down a road, each one in a bright red uniform. This was the way they marched in Europe. The British did not see the French and Iroquois hiding in the woods until they were surrounded and under fire from both sides of the road. Those English soldiers who tried to find cover were beaten back into place by their officers. (This was possibly because shooting snipers from behind a tree rather than out in the open just wasn't cricket.) Braddock was mortally wounded, and the remaining British including George Washington finally managed to retreat.
2     The French were not having an easy time getting reinforcement troops to the Americas that summer. The English had deployed their navy along the coast. They would take any opportunity to capture and destroy French ships. The French government became so angry over the losses that they removed their negotiators from Britain.
3     There was still no official declaration of war in August of 1755. Dieskau, the French commander, decided to clear out remaining English forts. The documents they captured in Braddock's Massacre told them what the British were planning.

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