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What was George Washington's role in the French and Indian War?
March 18, 2016 3:46AM
Washington was a young British officer. He was 21 years old and was given the job to warn the French they must leave the Ohio Valley as well as spy about how strong they were. He completed this dangerous mission and in 1754 was sent to the Ohio country as a lieutenant colonel in command of about 150 Virginia militiamen. He met a small detachment of French troops about 40 miles from Ft. Duquesne and his troops opened fire on the French. These were the first shots of the war. The French leader was killed and his men retreated. Washington wrote " I heard the bullets whistle, and believe me, there was something charming in the sound." The French returned with reinforcements and they surrounded Washington in his hastily built breastworks Ft. Necessity. After a 10 hour siege he was forced to surrender his entire command in July 1754, but he was permitted to march his men away with full honors of war. So, Washington started the French and Indian war.
He was a lower rank British officer.
he was the chairman of conventions
He was a young officer throughout the French and Indian war.
George Washington was an inexperienced emissary in the French Indian war. His actions determined its course.