Amateur American historians (me included!) often debate when the American Revolution became inevitable.
Was it the Boston Massacre?
Was it the Boston Tea Party?
Was it “the shot heard ‘round the world” as so many if us were taught in grade school?
Or did the American Revolution become inevitable a hundred of miles away from Boston in the Ohio Valley frontier? And a couple decades earlier?
According to History.org, George Washington – pretty much single-handedly, the way they wrote
their account – started a world war known as the Seven Years War.
Quick quibble - It was known as the French and Indian War in America and the Seven Years War in Europe where it embroiled much of the Northern European continent. I know that’s hardly world-wide, but they used the term “world war” – not me.
|Fort Necessity National Battlefield|
Source: Wikimedia Commons
You’ll also notice that although Washington signed the confession, one he couldn’t read since it was in French, his Indian aid was actually the one who killed the French ensign.
But that’s not my point.
It was this “world war” that so depleted the British coffers that they decided to tax the colonists for their defense during the French and Indian War. This, in turn, led to the Boston Massacre (sort of) and the Boston Tea Party (definitely) and the battles at Lexington and Concord (inevitably).
And, of course, the American Revolution.