Fayette County Seven Years War William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-3-18

Fayette County Seven Years War —The first war that could arguably called a “world war” in that it was fought on more than four continents started in Fayette County, Pa. The instigator was George Washington. It’s known in history as the Seven Years War and ran from 1754 to 1763. OK, we know that’s nine years but they call it what they call it.

Fayette County Seven Years War William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-3-18

Fayette County Seven Years War William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-3-18

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  1. Well, it’s the Seven Years War in Europe, because the fighting there starts with Frederick the Great’s invasion of Saxony in August, 1756, and ends with the Peace of Hubertusburg in February, 1763. It’s also sometimes called the Third War of the Austrian Succession, because it was the last conflict triggered by the death of Emperor Carl VI, who had no male heirs and whose arrangements to pass his crown to his daughter Maria Theresa opened the door for challenges to his dynasty.
    But yes, it was indeed a global war, because Frederick was impelled to attack when fighting broke out between our British ancestors and the French here in North America.
    Frederick feared facing a coalition of Austria and France, without any allies. After some quick and shifting diplomacy, the lines were drawn with France and Austria as allies, with Russia, Spain, and most of the German states on their side; and Britain, Prussia, Hannover (united with Britain in the person of George II), Brunswick, and several other small German states on the other side.
    Besides fighting here in North America, the British also sent a contingent to the Continent to fight in western Germany. Britain and France also squared off in the Caribbean and in India. And Britain fought the Spanish in Florida and Cuba.
    A separate peace treaty, the Treaty of Paris, ended the fighting between France and Britain.
    The conflict left all of the participants strapped for cash and resources. The Prussians and Russians were able to restore their economies relatively easily. The French found themselves nearly bankrupt, and it limited what the royal government could do when faced with new challenges in the 1780s, contributing in a large part to the resistance to the king and to the French Revolution. And as we know, the British presented the colonies with the bill for the fighting, eventually sparking our own Revolution.
    Sorry for running on! I’m a history buff, and this is my favorite period. I cast and paint toy soldiers of Seven Years War and French and Indian War, and I’m undertaking a study of the Pennsylvania Provincial Regiment, which we raised to defend the frontier against the French and their Indian allies. The premier strongpoint on that frontier was Fort Augusta at Shamokin, today, Sunbury, where the two branches of the Susquehanna meet. Some of my ancestors arrived from Germany in the 1750s and eventually settled there as farmers.

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