As I learn more about my ancestors I always try to find out more about what was happening around them. Recently I have learned more about some of my ancestors who lived at the time of the French and Indian War.
There were four separate wars that could be called French and Indian wars, but it is the fourth one (1754 – 1763) that is generally called the French and Indian War. For a listing of the other wars see my post: The Deerfield Raid
I am currently reading two books about the French and Indian War and they only cover this fourth war.
I really like the first sentence of the Preface of the book.
Today, two hundred and fifty years after the French and Indian War, most Americans are no more familiar with its events and significance than they are with those of the Peloponnesian War.
Since very few Americans even know what the Peloponnesian War was about, this is a very strong statement.
This war did truly decide the fate of North America as it was the war that tilted the balance of power toward England in North America and set the stage for the Revolutionary War.
I have a synopsis of the event in my post The Light in the Forest. Conrad Richter wrote a short book that told a story that was very similar to what my ancestor went through.
Another book that I have in my library is New England Captives Carried to Canada between 1677 and 1760 During the French and Indian Wars by Emma Lewis Coleman. I was really surprised at the number of captives who were carried off to Canada. However, as I learn more about my family history I run across more and more stories of family members who were involved in Indian attacks as many of them lived in frontier areas. If you have colonial American ancestors there is a good chance that they were affected by the French and Indian wars.
Back to researching 🙂