What role did George Washington play in the first battle of the French and Indian War?

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George Washington was in charge of the colonial forces who participated in the first battle of the French and Indian War.  

Washington had been instructed to go to the area that is now Pittsburgh to help in the construction of a fort.  Before he got there, he learned the the British who had been building the fort had been ejected by French forces who had finished the fort and were now using it.  Instead of continuing to the fort, Washington and Indian allies attacked a French scouting party that the Indians knew was in the vicinity.  This skirmish is considered to be the first battle of the French and Indian War.

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