This Day in History

The French and Indian War, which would later expand into what is known as the Seven Years’ War globally, began with its first exchange of fire on May 28, 1754, near present-day Uniontown in Pennsylvania. A young George Washington led the Virginian colonial forces in a skirmish against the French, marking the outset of the conflict. This war between the British and French colonial empires, aided by various Native American tribes and colonial militias, fundamentally reshaped the geopolitical landscape of North America and sowed the seeds for future American discontent with British rule.