French & Indian War, 1754-1763

2023 Guides - Theme: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas
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North American colonial territories after 1763

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Example Keywords & Catalog Subject Headings

French and Indian War
Seven Years' War
George Washington and the French and Indian War
Causes of American Revolution
Treaty of Paris, 1763
New France OR Nouvelle-France

Special Collections and Archives Resources

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Database/Online Resources

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Gale eBooks

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Internet Sources

Before using information you find on the internet for assignments and research, it is important to establish that the information comes from a reliable and appropriate source. The following websites, from government, academic and nonprofit organizations, have been evaluated for authority, accuracy, content and currency.

Google-digitized version of Volume 5 of Winsor's History of America. In public domain, may be downloaded. From HaithiTrust.
Diaries, speeches, and maps relating to the war. Includes excerpts from journal and letters of Major George Washington. From Digital Public Library of America.
Succinct explanation of contributing and proximate causes of the war, from the website of the American Battlefield Trust. Includes suggestions for further reading.
Ross Douthat's New York Times column illustrating the complexity of the interpretation of history
Description of the immediate and long-term consequences of the war in Britain and America. From Open Educational Resources (OER) at the University of Hawaii.

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