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War That Made America

A Country Between/Unlikely Allies (#101)

As the Declaration of Independence is read to the Continental Army on the eve of the Revolutionary War, General George Washington thinks back to his first military experiences more than 20 years before when he was a young officer, fighting for the Crown to secure the western territories of Pennsylvania and beyond for colonial expansion. Washington was a pivotal figure in the start of the French and Indian War in 1754, a conflict that pitted England's goals for empire in the New World against French interests. Caught between were the Indian nations, whose leaders struggled to negotiate between these two European forces to protect their own interests. After a disastrous skirmish that leaves a French diplomatic envoy dead and a resounding defeat in his first full-scale battle at Fort Necessity, Washington becomes an aide to General Edward Braddock, who was sent from England with a large force to secure the strategic Forks of the Ohio. By equal measures arrogant and inexperienced, Braddock is met with bitter defeat by French forces and their Indian allies and succumbs to his battlefield wounds. Britain becomes more determined to win the war and sends thousands of troops, setting the stage for the next phase of the war. [83 minutes] Closed Captioning

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  • Turning The Tide/Unintended Consequences (#103)

    After three years of defeats, the tide turns and the British start to tighten the noose on the outnumbered French forces. Although British Major-General James Abercromby is defeated by the Marquis de Montcalm at Fort Ticonderoga, France is no longer supplying the resources for victory, and the war is taking a terrible toll on their allied Indian tribes decimated by disease and hunger. The British dispatch General John Forbes to conquer Fort Duquesne at the Forks of the Ohio, where the French have been entrenched since Braddock's defeat. Forbes determined to carve a road through the wilderness, protected by a series of forts. An Eastern Delaware chief named Teedyuscung proves instrumental in securing victory for Forbes. Washington, at the center of action once again, is almost killed in a "friendly fire" incident, and wonders if Providence spared him for a higher purpose. [83 minutes]

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