What was the real war that led to US Independence?

Nope, not the War for Independence/American Revolution: It was La Conquête  (the Conquest), which was really the tail end of the “French and Indian War”. There is a much longer post coming out of this, which has been stewing in my brain for a while and is still in process. The gist of it is that it was the event that made it possible for Independence to seem possible: even though there are a lot of myths and misinformation about this event out there.

Let’s say that the real pioneers were the French habitants who were well into the interior of North America when this happened, but they didn’t count in the Anglo-American scheme of things. The Quebec Act (the British North America (Quebec) Act 1774 [14 Geo. III c. 83] ) was an annoyance to the “patriots” of  the 13  Colonies.

Another issue was the Native American who were going to be screwed by losing the protection of the French. The Native Americans were far more important in all this than the French, which means the French and Indian War would be better served if it was called the Indians and French War since the French were not as important as the Indians. Although, the nature of the war had changed when it turned into La Conquête to become yet another European style war.

The bottom line is that the British Victory in this event removed French influence from North America, which meant that the Native Americans would lose any protection from the settlers of the English Colonies and what that nation would become. While New France was something, the relationship between the French and the Native Americans was far more important to building the United States,

See also:

  • Phillip Marchand, Ghost Empire How the French Almost Conquered North America
  • Fred Anderson, The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War
  • Walter Borneman, The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America
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