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The Death of Wolfe by Benjamin West

Montcalm and Wolfe

The French and Indian War


The smoking embers of anger and resentment had smoldered along the frontiers of New England and New France since the end of the last conflict. With the death of the French Ensign Coulon de Jumonville at the hands of a party of Virginia Militia under the command of Major George Washington, they once again burst into the flames of war.

This inferno would sweep the forts and outposts and burn deep into the primeval forests that were home to many tribes of Indians. The flames would sweep along the trails of the woodlands, pitting brother against brother, like logs upon a blaze.

All three previous French and British wars were mainly European, with America merely smoke on the horizon. Each was a part of a British balance-of-power to keep France from controlling Europe. The Seven Years, or French and Indian, War ignited in America, and the flames swept outward to Europe, India and the South Seas. North America's destiny had become the chief concern of the great powers.

For seven long and bloody years the two giants, England and France, would struggle for dominance in North America, crushing the allied tribes of Algonquin and Iroquois beneath them.

British Troops

French Soldiers

Highlanders                                           French Regulars
Light Infantry                                        Marines
Rangers                                                 Militia
Regulars                                               

 

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