What was the Patriots' point of view on the French and Indian War?

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The American colonists were very much pro-British in this war. Many of the American colonists were anti-Catholic and anti-French and did not want the French in North America. They looked at French Canada as a staging area for a possible French invasion. Many colonial ministers in New England told their...

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The American colonists were very much pro-British in this war. Many of the American colonists were anti-Catholic and anti-French and did not want the French in North America. They looked at French Canada as a staging area for a possible French invasion. Many colonial ministers in New England told their parishioners that it was God's will for them to take up arms against the French in this war. Many colonists questioned the strength and abilities of the British officers fighting in wooded terrain, as they were often ambushed by French and Indian soldiers.

Another reason that the colonists wanted the French gone was for land speculation in the Ohio River country. It was a military incursion into the territory led by George Washington that started the conflict. The colonists wanted this land; farmers wanted to expand, and land speculators wanted to grow rich off the territory. After the war, the British prohibited the colonists from expanding into the area and gave the land to the Indians. This left the colonists feeling betrayed, as they thought that the Indians who had been attacking frontier settlements should not be rewarded at all. This British action was one of the first signs that the relationship between the colonists and Britain was starting to unravel.

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The Patriots supported the British in the French and Indian War. The threat of conflict against the colonists was growing as the British began to move into the Ohio Valley. The French and most Native American tribes were concerned the British would interfere with the lucrative fur trade and take land away from them. Plus, France and England were rivals throughout the world and were fighting the Seven Years War. The Patriots didn’t want France to win as this could have had a big effect on their life. George Washington served for the British in this war. He led some of the armies in battle.  Benjamin Franklin proposed the Albany Plan of Union that called for some sort of unified government in case of attack. While the plan was rejected, it showed his concern regarding an attack by France. The Patriots were very interested in having the British win this war so they could remain under British rule and continue with their familiar way of life.

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