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The Beginning of the French and Indian War

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The Beginning of the French and Indian War
After a small initial victory, Washington knew that the French were coming. Well-armed, with new French muskets and lead by brave Native Americas of the Huron nation, they would find him and the men under his command. They would attack. Men would likely die. The Governor had told him to attack the French – and he did. But now they were coming back. Young George Washington and his men were about to find out what it was like to be on the wrong side of six hundred French muskets.
He and his small force of colonists and Seneca Native Americans had to prepare. They found the only clear field in this densely forested land and began cutting down trees around the edge of the field. Despite the July heat, the men tore down trees like wildfire. They split the trees down the middle then drove them into the ground forming a small, circular, temporary fort. In the middle, they built a small shack to store their most valuable possessions: food, water, muskets, and gunpowder. Washington named this spot Fort Necessity. He and his men waited.
Against the gray background of a cloudy summer sky, Washington could make out hundreds of French troops and Huron braves hiding among the trees. Soon it began to pour rain. Washington and his men were already soaked through when the nearby creek began to flood their temporary fort. Some of Washington’s men attempted to escape by rushing for the woods, but were cut off in a hail of screaming musket fire. They were soaked and surrounded. Once the gunpowder got wet it would be all over. Washington had only one choice: surrender.
On July 3, 1754, 22 year old George Washington walked out of Fort Necessity with his life, but he was sure his career as a soldier was finished. He signed the surrender agreement and he and the men under his command were allowed to leave with some food and small guns. They had lost this fight, but had unknowingly started another. The French commander put a phrase in the surrender agreement saying that he (Washington) had murdered a French commander in an earlier battle. This little phrase would spark a huge war between Britain and France. The war would last for seven years in Europe and involve most of the colonies and many Native Americans societies in America. How could this have happened? This war came to be known as the French and Indian War in the colonies and the Seven Years’ War in Britain.

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