The Road to War Between France and Britain in North America
The seeds of the French and Indian War were sown from the time of the first exploration and settlement of North America by Europe's two greatest powers. The French came to trade with the natives and exploit the natural resources of the continent. The English came to settle and build colonies that would trade with the mother country.
Because of the happenstance of geography and the explorations of men like Champlain, LaSalle and Marquette, the French first settled along the two major rivers that would give them later access to the heart of the continent. The English settled along the central Atlantic coast where they would be hemmed in by the mountains to the west.
When the English finally crossed the mountains and found the French already building forts and trading posts along the Ohio River valley the conflict was inevitable. Click buttons below to see progress toward war: