The French and Indian War
(also known as "the Seven Years War")
This war between 1754-1763, was also known as the “Seven Year War", was a dispute between the British and French over the Ohio River Valley (see map to the right).
Who was involved?
The Albany Plan of Union
At the beginning of the French and Indian War, Ben Franklin calls on the colonies to unite. Franklin studied to government of the “Iroquois Nation” and used it to guide his ideas of uniting under one central power. However, most colonial leaders feared developing a government that controlled them, so the attempt failed.
Although Franklin's attempt to unite the colonies fail, it is the first time we see any attempt to unite them. This image of the "Join or Die" snake becomes a symbol of the American Revolution years later.