Chapter 6: Imperial Triumph, Imperial Crisis
  1. The Seven Years’ War
      a. Origins
            1. The well-watered territory north of the Ohio River had been a no-man’s land for decades as a consequence of the Beaver Wars
        i. French and British Interest in the Ohio Country
            2. By the 1750s both Britain and France had come to see the Ohio Country’s vital to their strategic interests
            3. Wealthy figures in Virginia as well as Pennsylvania began looking west and dreaming up colonial plans
            4. The tangle of characters, claims of dominion, hopes for profit, and rival imperial strategies made conflict all but inevitable
            5. In 1745 the Virginia House of Burgesses granted 300,000 acres of land to a newly formed and well-financed enterprise out of Virginia called the Ohio Company
            6. Several   years of these moves and counter-moves escalated tensions, militarized the region, and fomented resentments; but they did not resolve the standoff
        ii. Washington’s Expedition of 1754
            7. In 1754 Virginia’s governor ordered a 200 man militia under the young Lt. Col. George Washington to march into the Ohio Country and defend British in the region
            8. French commander in the area dispatched an ensign named Jumonville to talk with Washington and advise him to withdraw   from French territory
            9. Instead it turned into a massacre. British surprised Jumonville’s party in camp on May 28 fired upon it
            10. Once Washington had gotten control of his force, Jumonville approached and tried to hand him a letter from the French commander. Before he could Tanaghrisson stepped in front of the Frenchman, sunk a hatchet deep into his head, ripped his skull apart, and pulled out his brains
            11. Indians set about killing the wounded French soldiers
            12. He and his surviving men returned to Virginia in defeat, bearing the news that the Shawnees,...