The French and Indian War started in southwestern Pennsylvania 250 years ago when France, Great Britain and Native Americans battled for control of one of the most important pieces of real estate in North America in the 18th century.

This point of land, called the Forks of the Ohio, is now the City of Pittsburgh. In the 1700’s, the French, British and Native Americans each knew the value of this land where three rivers merged, for whoever controlled this point of land and these waterways also controlled access to the frontier beyond.

Ultimately, the empire of France in North America was destroyed, changing the course of our world forever. Britain, cash strapped by victory, turned to its colonists to help bear the burdens of empire by imposing taxation upon them and the American Revolution ignited.

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