he wo grea empires o he 18h cenury are abou o collide in a muddy eld in wesern Pennsylvania. TeBriish colonies on he easern seaboard are hriving, and Briain wishes o expand wesward. France conrols boh New France (i.e. Canada) and he Mississippi River via New Orleans. Naurally, France wishes o nd a connecion beweenis wo colonies, which leads is orces direcly ino conic wih Briain’s expansion across he coninen.In 1753, a young
was sen ino wesern Pennsylvania as a diplomaic envoy o he Frencharmy. His message rom he Briish crown was claim o ownership over he region. I he French did no exi he area, heBriish would orce hem ou. While in he region, Washingon noed ha a or could be buil in he very deensible spo where wo smaller rivers joined o make he Ohio River. Following his advice,
Fort Prince George
was buil where herivers me, making i guarded on hree sides by waer. Te French disregarded he diplomaic enreaies, and orced heBriish army rom For Prince George. In is place, he French have buil heir own base,
. Now i is a yearlaer, and Washingon has reurned o setle he mater once and or all. Aer his journey, Washingon published his diary o he journey and became very amous back eas. He has beensen back o ake command rom
aer ren surrendered he or o he French. Following he surrender,ren and he Briish orces rereaed souhwards and hasily buil a ramshackle pile o logs dubbed “
”. ForNecessiy is barely a or a all, and exiss mainly o keep he hungry roops rom sealing ood rom he supplies. TeBriish army is ounumbered, hungry, demoralized and, in Washingon’s own words, “loose and idle”. I is his job o x he siuaion and ge he French o exi he region, hopeully wihou igniing a war.Complicaing he conic beween he wo European powers are he inernal poliics o he local naive Americanribes. Te
is a collecion o several oher ribes banded ogeher, noably he
ribe. TeIroquois conederaion claims o own his region hrough righ o conques: hey ough and deeaed he
inhe recen pas. Te Delaware naion (who call hemselves he Lenape) make up mos o he populaion o he area, and were badly oppressed and misreaed by he Iroquois. Te Delaware have recenly rebelled and severed all ies o heIroquois. Washingon’s ally
is here o atemp o bring he Delaware back ino he old, bu heDelaware have no ineres in rejoining he Conederaion. Te Briish are allied wih he Iroquois. Washingon is in acan adoped member o he ribe, called
, “Te Desroyer o Villages”. Tis alliance has made he Delawaredisrusul o he Briish in he region, hough he Delaware also disrus he French.
, a Briish soldier, desered his pos o marry a Delaware woman called
. Ignaius Jones has since been recapured by he Briish and is being held awaiing cour marial. Bu he Briish need all he menhey can ge o gh he French, and hey could use a bargaining chip in ineracing wih he Delaware.Tere are abou 300 Briish soldiers a For Necessiy, bu a leas 600 French soldiers a For Duquesne. Bohcolonial armies are ounumbered by he naives in he region: he Iroquois and Delaware could each muser a leas 700 warriors i war were o come.
Louis Coulon de Villiers
commands For Duquesne. He has received orders rom Quebec o no sar any violence in he Ohio River area. I he Briish sar a conic, he French soldiers can gh back, bu hey canno beginhe ghing hemselves. Consequenly, de Villiers has consruced a plo o provoke he Briish ino saring he war. De Villiers’ broher
Joseph de Jumonville
will be sen as diplomaic envoy o For Necessiy, hough his mission will be oprovoke Washingon’s anger insead o peaceably negoiaion. Te majoriy o he French army sis a mile away rom ForNecessiy, a Deer Lake, waiing or a signal or or sounds o gunre. De Villiers does no know ha his wie,
Marie-Am-able de Villiers
, has decided o accompany Jumonville o For Necessiy o see her lover, George Washingon.