from “Report of the Commission to Locate the Sites of the Frontier
Forts of Pennsylvania 1896”.
The French and Indian War was kindled in part, by the dispute over
control of the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers,
called the Forks of the Ohio (present day Pittsburgh, PA). Fort
Duquesne and Fort Pitt were at the roots of the French & Indian
War in North America. The contention between Great Britain and France
for the possession of the territory, now called Western Pennsylvania
and the Ohio Country, began in the middle of the 18th century. The
treaty of Aix la Chapelle, signed October 1st, 1748, while it nominally
closed the war between those two countries in Europe, did little
to stop the growing competition between the two 18th century world
super powers in North America; and failed to establish the boundaries
between their respective colonies in America.
The French attempted to deny the British access to the Ohio Country
and built a fort at the Forks called Fort Duquesne. France’s seizure
of this land that the British and their colonists claimed, would
lead to many more conflicts between the British, the French and
the Indians for control of the Ohio country and nearby lands.
Between 1754 and 1758, the British struggled to recapture their
former land possession. With General Forbes’s march across Pennsylvania
to recapture Fort Duquesne in 1758, the French were forced from
the Forks and they burned Fort Duquesne with their retreat. After
securing the land previously used for Fort Duquesne, the British
used this land to build Fort Pitt to further secure their quest
for all the land in the Ohio country previously claimed by the French.
This book is that story.
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