Battle of the Wilderness

Robert LaSalle claimed the Ohio River Valley for France in 1669.

In 1749, French soldiers from Quebec launched a serious expedition to the Ohio River in hopes of uniting French Canada with French Louisiana via the rivers

In 1753 the French built Fort Duquesne at the Forks (where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers meet to form the Ohio River).

Virginia takes notice and sends George Washington to make the French leave……

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