The french and indian war

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For many years, throughout the 1600s and early part of the 1700s, the British pursued a policy

of salutary neglect (healthy noninterference) toward its colonies. Britain enacted a series of Navigation

Laws, but these attempts to regulate trade were minimally enforced. The colonists had a generally

friendly attitude toward the British overall and they enjoyed the benefits of an imperial relationship

without accompanying restrictions. However, this relationship was dramatically altered by the French

and Indian War of 1764-1763. The course of the war itself significantly affected the political and

ideological relationship of the colonials to their mother country, inasmuch as the colonists found the

British imposition of restrictions and its hierarchical army to be repulsive to liberty, while the British saw

the need for greater imperial control. However, it was the economic aftermath of the war, which left

Britain with a changing war debt and a need to raise new colonial revenues that militated most heavily

against colonial cooperation with the British.

The French and Indian War, called the Seven Years' war in Europe, had its antecedents in the

settlement of the French and the British in the Ohio valley region of the American continent. Both the

French and British sought to control lands in the region, while the Native Americans resisted the

attempts of both to settle. The Indians largely played off of both sides to maintain an uneasy balance of

power, but one group eventually decided to great trading concessions to the British, giving England

greater access to the interior of the continent. France saw this as a threat to its own territories and

summarily constructed fists of defense, like Fort Duquesne. The British followed suit, building a fort of

their own. One such effort was to build Fort Necessity near...