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The Seven Years War



The Seven Years War
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     challenging words:    commander, canada, lasted, marked, supplies, against, general, minutes, house, march, nearby, case, extra, secret, building, dead
     content words:    Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Fort Louisbourg, Some Acadians, Quebec City, Lawrence River


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The Seven Years War
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Do you live in a house with a yard? What would you think if someone started to build a house right next to yours, on your land? What if they did not ask, they just did it? What would you do?
 
2     This was a problem the British had in Acadia. Acadia was where Nova Scotia is now.
 
3     The isthmus of Acadia is the thinnest part of the land that attaches it to New Brunswick. There was no line that marked where New Brunswick ended and Acadia began. The French and English both wanted to build a fort in the same place. The French got there first.
 
4     Over the winter of 1748-49, they began building their fort, Beausejour. The English were very unhappy, but they did not have the men to do anything about it. They built another fort nearby to keep an eye on the French.
 
5     Finally, they decided to move against the French in 1755. That spring, two thousand troops left Boston and sailed for Acadia. They landed a few miles from the fort and began to march over land.
 
6     The French commander sent a message to Fort Louisbourg. Louisbourg could not send any help. They needed the men in case the English came there first.
 
7     The English moved closer slowly. The French were worried. They heard they would get no extra help.
 
8     Then on June 16, 1755, the British shot an explosive shell into the fort. The French gave up.
 
9     The British now had control of the area. They did not want the French living on their land. They thought those French farmers would want to help the French army. They had to go.

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