•March 15, 1744-October 18, 1748: King George's War The warm-up to the French and Indian War between France and England, also fought for domination over North America. Ends with the treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle and no clear victor.
•1752-1753: Agitation grows Tension grows between France and England over competing land and trading claims. Minor skirmishes break out, particularly in rural areas.
•November-December 1753: The message George Washington carries Virginia's ultimatum over French encroachment to Captain Legardeur de Saint-Pierre at Riviere aux Boeufs. He rejects it.
•May 28, 1754: The first battle Washington defeats the French in a surprise attack. His troops retreat to Great Meadows and build Fort Necessity.