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British Pummeled at Ft. Duquesne.
July 9, 1755 –Ft. Duquesne, PA
General Edward Braddock and his British troops suffered a severe defeat at the hands of the French in this early and crucial battle of the French and Indian War. The two countries are fighting over land in the Ohio Territory. Sources say that the British, with the help of their colonial allies, attacked Fort Duquesne, the important French stronghold here in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Sources close to the action said that two factors led to the defeat of the English. Reports say that the British were not used to the woodlands of Pennsylvania, since land like that does not exist in their homeland. The French and Indians used a surprise attack to slaughter the British.
General Braddock (a.k.a. “The Bulldog”) suffered his worst defeat. He had five horses shot out from under him, and was fatally wounded along with the last steed.
Many British soldiers met the same fate: out of 1350 British troops, nearly 1000 died. Colonel George Washington, a colonial, replaced Braddock as the leader of the British and narrowly avoided the same fate, finding four bullet holes in his jacket after fighting ended. Some took this good luck as a sign of great things to come for Washington.
-- George Washington --
French Capture Forts Oswego and William Henry
Today the British surrendered Fort William Henry to the French after about one week of fighting. The French accepted the surrender from the outmanned British and escorted them away from the fort. Two hundred prisoners were scalped by the victorious Indians during the escort.
The fort was destroyed after the surrender. With the capture of Fort Oswego in New York earlier, this marks the second major triumph for the French against the stunned (and slightly shorter) British.
New British PM Looks to Change British Luck
1758, London, England
New British Prime Minister William Pitt has increased British efforts to turn the tide in the French and Indian War. Determined to win the war, Pitt boasted, “I believe that I can save this nation the way that no one else can!”
-- William Pitt --
To meet these lofty goals, the confident leader has sent England’s best generals to lead the British to victory in America. He also has increased efforts to encourage support from the American colonies with both food and supplies.
-- Braddock’s burial --
British Capture Fort Duquesne
1758, Fort Duquesne, PA
British forces recaptured Fort Duquesne from the French. The captured French stronghold was renamed Fort Pitt after the British Prime Minister.
1760, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The French and Indian War ended today. French generals surrendered the city of Montreal to the British, who won after weeks of battle in Quebec. A daring surprise attack up the unprotected cliff known as the Plains of Abraham allowed the British to put the French on the defensive.
During the fighting, both British general James Wolfe and his French counterpart Louis Montcalm were mortally wounded. With the victory, the war in North America ended and French control in North America was virtually ended (with the exception of Quebec).
Writing a Newspaper Summary
Now that you have read five different articles, make up one of your own. Your article should be written as if your editor asked you to briefly review the French and Indian War. Write a one or two paragraph article including the following features:
1. A headline - - large and attention getting!
2. A dateline - - place and date of the article
3. A summary - - this should provide a review of events, referring to events from each of the five articles (this may be only a few sentences).
4. Forecasting - - this should be a sentence or two of predictions telling why the War was important and what impact it will have on North America
List one important fact from each article:
1. (“British Pummel…”)
2. (“French Capture…”)
3. (“New British…”)
4. (“British Capture…”)
. (“War Ends!!”)
Words and phrases not to use (aside from the usual no-nos): pummeled, stronghold, a.k.a., steed, met the same fate, outmanned, second major triumph, unprotected, mortally wounded, my bad.