French and Indian War Summary
The French and Indian War was the North American portion of a worldwide contest for empire between Britain, France, Spain, and other European nations. In Europe, the conflict is known as the Sever Years’ War.
Most of the fighting in North America took place in Canada and the Ohio Country, west of the Appalachian Mountains. Both the French and British were allied with different Native American Indian tribes.
Despite early French victories, the British ultimately prevailed with the capture of Quebec, Fort Duquesne, Detroit, and Montreal. These victories were primarily led by General Jeffery Amherst and General James Wolfe.
Negotiations at the Treaty of Paris in 1763 virtually expelled France from eastern North America and left Great Britain in control of a vast empire inhabited by hostile Natives and coveted by American colonists eager for westward expansion — a recipe for disaster.