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Historical Analysis and Interpretation: Explaining the Causes of the Seven Years’ War

A British study of Colonial North America in 1755, just before the outbreak of the Seven Years’ War, includes a section on the “Pernicious Tendency of the French Encroachments, and the Fittest Methods of Frustrating Them.”   Read this section of the report and examine the 1755 map of North America showing the British and French land claims.

  • What were the long-term and immediate causes of the Seven Years’ War in North America?
  • What can be inferred from the map regarding the impending conflict?
  • Based on what you know about the British perspective, what questions might you pose about French views on the causes of the conflict?