Feb 10, 1763. Known in Europe as the Seven Years’ War, this conflict ranged from North America to India, with many European nations involved. In North America, French expansion in the Ohio River Valley in the 1750s led to conflict with Great Britain. Some Indians fought alongside the French; a young George Washington fought for the British. As a result of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, France lost all claims to Canada and had to cede Louisiana to Spain. Fifteen years later, bitterness over the loss of its North American colonies to Britain contributed to France’s supporting the colonists in the American Revolution.
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