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The European Struggle for Control

Les Européens luttent pour le contrôle

 

— Fort Rosalie —

 
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During the 1600s and 1700s, Spain, France and Great Britain established outposts for commerce, defense, and settlement in North America. French explorers sought to claim and control North America by using the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River to penetrate the continent. They planned to establish strategic points to serve as centers for collecting raw materials to make the colonies self-sufficient. Great Britain established its tobacco-growing colonies along the Atlantic coast, and Spain searched for precious metals along the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific coast, and throughout Central and South America. Each of the European powers ultimately turned to importing enslaved Africans to provide the labor for their ambitious colonial plans.

This imperial struggle in North America led to the conflict of 1754-1763, known as the French and Indian War, that positioned France against Great Britain, each side having strategic alliances with different American Indian tribes. This mirrored the Seven Years' War in Europe and resulted in the British control of North America east of the Mississippi River, except for the city of New Orleans.

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cours des années 1600 et 1700, l'Espagne, la France et la Grande-Bretagne ont établi des avant-postes pour le commerce, la défense et leur établissement en Amérique du Nord. Les explorateurs français cherchaient à revendiquer et à contrôler l'Amérique du Nord en utilisant les Grands Lacs et le Mississippi pour pénétrer le continent. Ils ont prévu d'établir des points stratégiques pour servir de centres de collecte de matières premières afin de rendre les colonies autonomes. La Grande-Bretagne a établi ses colonies de culture du tabac le long de la côte atlantique et l'Espagne a recherché des métaux antérieurs le long du golfe du Mexique, de la côte du Pacifique et dans toute l'Amérique centrale et du Sud. Chacune des puissances européennes s'est finalement tournée vers l'importation d'Africains asservis pour fournir le travail nécessaire à leurs plans coloniaux ambitieux.

Cette lutte impériale en Amerique du Nord aboutit au conflit de 1754-1763, connu sous le nom de guerre contre les Français et les Indiens, qui positionne Ia France contre Ia Grande-Bretagne, chaque camp ayant des alliances stratégiques avec différentes tribus amérindiennes. Cela coïncidait avec la guerre de Sept Ans en Europe et a abouti au contrôle britannique de l'Amérique du Nord à l'est du Mississippi, a l'exception de Ia ville de la Nouvelle-Orléans.
 
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Location. 31° 33.327′ N, 91° 24.666′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is on South Canal Street 0.2 miles north of John R. Junkin Drive (U.S. 84/425), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Natchez MS 39120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The French in North America (here, next to this marker); The Natchez People (here, next to this marker); Natchez (within shouting distance of this marker); Bridging the Mississippi (within shouting distance of this marker); Natchez National Historical Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The French Build a Fort and a Colony (about 500 feet away); French Retaliation & the Second Fort Rosalie (about 500 feet away); The Natchez Revolt (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2019.
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