In the 18th Century, the French settlers who lived in modern-day Canada shared borders with the English colonists. This sometimes created friction because the borders were unclear. The French took this seriously and created forts to state where their borders where. During this time, an English squadron was sent ahead to build a road so that troops, artillery and supplies could get to a British fort. Lt. Col. George Washington (who was 21 at the time) was their leader!
He had heard of some French troops who had made a hit-and-run attack on a British fort company and now heard that there were some French troops building a fort nearby. And since the borders were vague the English decided to make an attack on this fort. They were joined by some Indians who they were allies with, and opened fire on the French on May 28, 1754.
The battle itself only lasted fifteen minutes and the English captured the French leader, a man named Joseph Coulon de Villiers de Jumonville. This battle, small though it was, had some major repercussions on both countries. England sent more troops to help but this information was leaked to France and so they sent an army after the English. Which in-turn started the French-Indian War. The war lasted from 1756 to 1763.
This battle made me think that Washington and his troops attacked the French for no reason until I gathered more information. And as I learned that they had some border issues then I thought why didn’t they discuss it like normal human beings? Maybe they did?
It made me think of this quote by Benjamin Franklin who, ironically, alive at this time supposedly said: “There never was a good war or a bad peace.” And I don’t think that the French-Indian War was a good war.
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