Send major George Washington to ask the French to leave
English build a fort close to present day Pittsburg
French seize the fort before they were done and name it Fort Duquesne
“He told me the Country belogn’d to them, that no English Man had a right to trade upon them Waters; & that he had Orders to make every Person Prisoner that attempted it on the Ohio or the Waters on it.” – G.W.
Washington was on his way to Fort Duquesne when he heard of its surrender
Instead, he built a small fort but was attacked and forced to surrender (July 3, 1754)
While the fighting was beginning, representatives were trying to get the Iroquois to fight with the colonists (English)
*Ben Franklin was trying to get the colonists to join together for defensive purposes
Council that could collect taxes, make treaties, raise an army, and make new settlements.