French and Indian War, Part 1 | History In A Nutshell - Episode 1


Although the French and Indian War began officially in 1756, rising tension and engagements between British and French colonists happened years prior. With the English, French, and Native Americans all living in North America, a conflict between the three groups was only inevitable.  English and French forces fought for supremacy of the Ohio Valley area, between the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. Native American tribes fought on both sides of the conflict. 

Part one focuses on how the war begins. 

Do the names George Washington or Benjamin Franklin sound familiar? While they are more widely known for their roles in the American Revolutionary War, they also played pivotal roles in the early days of the French and Indian War!