Skip to comments.Events mark 250th anniversary of French and Indian War
Posted on 03/13/2005 9:07:32 AM PST by Willie Green
This spring and summer will bring a full slate of events keyed to the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War.
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Thanks -- I don't know much about this conflict, but I'd like to. It sounds like the timing is right!
Who won that one? Did the French surrender?
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British and Prussians won. It actually was the Seven Years War, a World War, with the American component called the French and Indian War.
Russia, Austria, and France all ganged up on Prussia; Frederick the Great beat them all (barely, after fortuitously getting the Russians to withdraw from the war) in Europe.
Here, after some initial French success, the British took Quebec and therefore captured Canada from the French.
The frogs didnt do so hot years later in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 either, come to think of it they are on a centuries long losing streak... (the sissys!)
Best on the subject so far.
Don't forget to bring your scalping hatchets and firebrands!
Massacres are no fun without the proper equipment.
For the Pittsburghians
Thanks for the pings. I hope to accompany my nieces to at least one event. They're only 5 and 9, but have seen several Bushy Run reenactments.
The American frontier when it was still east of the Mississippi makes the cinematic "wild west" look positively tame.
The war was started by George Washington. He was a British subject at the time.
The Prussians were whipped at Jena on October 14, 1806, by a French army...led by a non-Frenchman, of course.
My ancestors lived on the Forks of the Yadkin River in North Carolina during the French and Indian War and were driven north to Virginia by the French and Cherokees in 1761.
The Forks of the Yadkin was also home to Daniel Boone and was the western most frontier with American settlers living there at that time. The stories I've read about the Indian attacks and hardships on the Forks of the Yadkin make the frontier of the 1870s look like a tea party.
Part of one of the states, North Carolina actually broke off from the main part of the state and made their own state, Franklin. That lasted 4 years. A lot of competing claims to unoccupied land west of the Thirteen Colonies, the Thirteen States, made for some tension between states.
I went to several of these events last year and it was great fun. For people with families, you must take the young people to teach them our history!
The only problem is that the war started in 1754. They're a year late.
I live near Bushy Run. They usually have the reenactment the first week of August. Also there was a great piece about General Braddock in the Focus section of today's Trib.