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In return, the company was to distribute the property among 100 families and build a fort to protect them and the British claim to the area.
The activities of British explorers, trappers and traders in these western lands quickly became known to the French, who had been active in this area for more than a hundred years and had no interest in sharing the region with anyone, and not Englishmen (a term that then included people who lived in the thirteen British colonies along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to North Carolina, including Virginia).
By right of the discoveries of Jean Verrazano (1524) and Jacques Cartier (1534-42) the French crown laid claim to all America north of the sphere of Spanish influence. Doughty, 1916, Project Gutenberg In 1603 the first systematic effort to found French colonies in America was made...
Colonial enterprise, however, did not thrive during the religious wars which rent Europe in the sixteenth century; and it was not until after the Edict of Nantes in 1598 that France could follow up the discoveries of her seamen by an effort to colonize either Acadia or Canada... — England in America, 1580-1652 by Lyon Gardiner Tyler, 1904, Project Gutenberg The French, who settled the St.
Before long the native people of America became acquainted with the fire-water...
La Salle, in his intrepid expeditions (from 1669 to 1687), discovered – that is, performed the first European exploration of – Ohio and Illinois, navigated the Great Lakes, crossed the Mississippi..pushed on as far as Texas.
Robert Dinwiddie, Virginia's lieutenant governor, upon hearing of France's actions, immediately sent George Washington and Christopher Gist to Fort Le Boeuf to persuade the French to leave.More Wikipedia Seven Years' War Canadian Encyclopedia The European colonization of North America was made from three directions: Spanish from the South, French from the St.Lawrence Valley and English from the Atlantic Coast.Bruce, 1896 Dinsmore Documentation Project In 1747, several wealthy Virginians established the Ohio Company.One of the earliest investors was George Washington, another was Robert Dinwiddie.