The French and Indian War was not going well for the British prior to William Pitt. There were severe losses being endured by the English. Most notably, the loss suffered by well respected British General Edward Braddock helped to enhance the perception that the French were going to win. Pitt saw the war as an opportunity for British muscle to be flexed, and an opportunity for the British to become a world power. Pitt sought out and sent the best British Generals to send to the new world in order to commandeer the English forces to victory. Pitt's belief that the war was winnable and a moment for the British to seize helped to inspire a wave of patriotism, largely credited to Pitt's leadership. Pitt was able to secure the use of the navy, a technique that would spell out British dominance for quite some time. In the end, Pitt's leadership and commitment to British victory resulted in the repelling and expelling of the French and leading to the British presence in North America as uncontested.