Social Studies 5: The French and Indian Wars
Believe it or not, the oldest feud in the history of humanity is not cats versus dogs. Though, yeah, that one does go back a long way. But there’s a much older feud... one that goes all the way back to the 1600s between England and France. Now that was a cat-fight. Meow.
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countries in all of Europe, so naturally, they wanted to defeat each other to become [England and France men arm-wrestling]
the undisputed reigning champion.
You can think of them as kind of like John Cena and the Undertaker, except instead of
fighting over a belt, they were fighting over the free world. Same thing, kind of….not
really…okay, moving on. So when both countries sent settlers over [British settlers on a ship]
to the New World, of course those people carried on the legacy of fighting, in what was called
The French and Indian Wars.
Both countries wanted to control North America and one way to do that was to control the
most territory where hunting and trapping for animal furs happened.
Because whoever had the furs had the power. Why? Nobody knows. Seriously, we’re starting [Man wearing animal fur]
to think that the colonists just made a hobby out of doing anything that wasn’t very nice.
Despite the French having more Native American allies than the English, the English eventually
took over most of the French colonies.
Which, if you think about it, is the reason we’re speaking English today and not French. [English soldiers on a beach and French colonists on a ship]
Which is honestly fine with us because, seriously, that language is really into vowels and it
gets really confusing.
“Eau”? How is that a word? Anyway, this conflict was part of the Seven [Coop discussing the seven years war]
Years' War which took place between 1754 and 1763.
The French and English and their many European allies fought in Europe, West Africa, India,
the Philippines, Central and South America, and North America.
Not a bad way to see the world, but uh….not exactly a fun way to see the world. [Canon launches]
And because it was fought in so many different places and involved so many countries, many
historians actually consider it to be the real First World War.
Also, we should mention before all the mathematicians out there do that yes, there are definitely [Calculator subtracting 1754 from 1763]
more than seven years between 1754 and 1763.
The “seven years” in Seven Years War refers to the main conflict that occurred from 1756
to 1763, but most people often include the surrounding years, too.
Sure, it’s confusing. It’s war. When the Seven Years War ended in 1763, France
signed a treaty giving up much of the land they fought for in North America, including
the Ohio River Valley. [Ohio River Valley highlighted on a map]
But luckily for all involved, they didn't give up their fries or their toast.
…Wait, neither of those are from France?
Whoa. Mind. Blown. [Frenchman with fries and toast at a restaurant]