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Chapter
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Virginia’s Traffic in the Atlantic World
Letter from George Washington to Governor Robert Dinwiddie (Front)
Chapter
2
The French and Indian War
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Chapter
3
Virginia and the Planter Class
Time Period

1623 to 1763

The French and Indian War

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Letter from George Washington to Gov. Robert Dinwiddie, 18 May 1754 (Front). Fearing a French incursion to lay claim to the Ohio Valley, Dinwiddie sent a force to the region led by 22-year-old George Washington. Washington engaged a French force and killed its commanding officer, combat that initiated the Seven Years’ War. (VMHC Mss3 V8194 D6194 a 7)
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Letter from George Washington to Gov. Robert Dinwiddie (Back)
Letter from George Washington to Gov. Robert Dinwiddie, 18 May 1754 (Back). Fearing a French incursion to lay claim to the Ohio Valley, Dinwiddie sent a force to the region led by 22-year-old George Washington. Washington engaged a French force and killed its commanding officer, combat that initiated the Seven Years’ War. (VMHC Mss3 V8194 D6194 a 7)
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A land survey made by George Washington at age 17 on 22 July 1749. (VMHC Mss1 St824 a 1)
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Céloron Plate (Front), 1749. This lead plate started a world war. Both France and Great Britain claimed ownership of the Ohio Valley. In 1749, Capt. Pierre Joseph Céloron de Blainville asserted France’s claim to the region by placing this lead plate and five others along tributaries of the Ohio River—a traditional way of marking territory. (VMHC 1849.1)
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Céloron Plate (Back)
Céloron Plate (Front), 1749. This lead plate started a world war. Both France and Great Britain claimed ownership of the Ohio Valley. In 1749, Capt. Pierre Joseph Céloron de Blainville asserted France’s claim to the region by placing this lead plate and five others along tributaries of the Ohio River—a traditional way of marking territory. (VMHC 1849.1)

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