Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The French and Indian War at Crater Lake, Oregon

(We arrived at the beautiful and breathtaking Crater Lake.  What an amazing natural spectacle!)

We quickly passed through the French and Indian War, which was also known as the Seven Years' War from 1756-63.
(We strolled the campgrounds and wandered through the trees.  Our minds buzzing.)

In response to France's expansion into the Ohio River Valley, Britain pricked up its nose and a series of battles erupted.
(There's something so foreboding and ominous about the edge of trees, yet alluring)

At a peace conference in 1763, the British received both Canada and Florida.
(You can climb them, chop them down, build a shelter or fire... but they are alive, fixed, so purposeful in their manner)

In addition the Mississippi Valley was opened for further westward expansion.
(I was thinking about the frontier as we were driving up to Crater Lake.  What it takes to be a frontiersman.  There are so many TV shows nowadays about people returning to the wild.  They hunt. Gather.  Salvage and Scavenge.  They make their own way.  These abilities are so lost nowadays...hence the popularity of those shows)

The outnumbered French particularly depended on the Indians.
(Even me!  Look at how modern and sleek Princes Sparkleface looks)

Fighting took place in the frontiers between New France and the British colonies from Virginia in the south to Newfoundland in the north.
(This fireplace looks almost identical to my ultra modern yet rustic iving room)

In one dispute, the Battle of Jumonville Glen in May 1754, a young 22-year-old Virginia commander named George Washington ambushed a French Patrol.  
(Who hasn't come to Crater Lake and sat in these chairs and looked out over the blue and just...leisurely let the day pass by without a care)

Many North American cities were spoils of war.  Quebec was won by the British but later handed back to the French when the Colony of Canada was ceded back to England
(But as I stood overlooking the miles upon miles of blue... my mind often wanders to comments and rumors of things unknown... conflicts on the horizon, of wars simmering and brewing in the minds of powerful people sitting alone in rooms.  How fearful that makes me.  How full of trepidation.  A simple comment like, "We need to start winning wars..." has endless ripple effects upon our world.)

Havana was given to Spain in exchange for its loss of Florida to Britain, and the French ceded Louisiana west of the Mississippi River, including New Orleans to its ally, Spain.  
(We drove home through Bend, winding around the gorgeous Deschutes River.  Pilgrims and Frontiersman... madmen, all alike.  Let's live this way.  Forget the sights and sounds of screaming heads on screens and rumors of wars.  Let's live in nature.  Take our knowledge of books and things passed down... and head out into the woods... to think, to remember, to live)

The French and Indian War all but bankrupted the British Crown, which created the taxation of sugar and tea in the Colonies to help 'repay' England for her defense.  This sets the stage for my daughter's next unit: The American Revolutionary War.

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