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Perspectives on the French and Indian War

Primary Source Set

Between the years 1754 and 1763, major powers engaged in a global struggle, the Seven Years War. In North America, this conflict was referred to as the French and Indian War. The conflict between the French and British Empires included indigenous nations.The French and Indian War helped set the stage for the American Revolution by necessitating British taxation of the American colonists to pay for the war costs. For Native American groups who sided with the French, the outcome of the conflict would prove devastating. This collection of documents, images, maps, and artifacts provides various perspectives on the war, incorporating the view from the leadership and from more marginalized groups. By analyzing, exploring, and interpreting these primary sources, students will gain insight into the experience of eighteenth-century warfare, from the point of view of the “winners” and the “losers.”

Additional resources for research

  1. George Washington Notebook as a Virginia Colonel during the French and Indian War, The New York Public Library, Digital Public Library of America.

  2. French and Indian War/Seven Year’s War, 1754-63, Office of the Historian.

  3. French and Indian War, History.com.

  4. French and Indian War, Ohio History Central.

  5. The French and Indian War (1754-1763), Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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