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Fort Duquesne

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Definition: Fort that changed hands several times during the two decades that made up the French and Indian War. It was originally a British fort that the French seized before it was finished. It was the destination of George Washington before he was forced to retreat to Fort Necessity in 1754. It was the site of a great French victory over England's General Edward Braddock in 1755. The British retook it for good in 1758 and named it Fort Pitt. The importance of this fort site was that its holder gained control of three rivers: the Ohio, the Allegheny, and the Monongahela. Yes, Fort Duquesne was where Pittsburgh is today.

Related Resources:
The French and Indian War
Read about the war, its battles, its origins, and its aftermath.

Fort Duquesne Battle Map (large)

Elsewhere on the Web:
Braddock's Defeat at Fort Duquesne
See just how bad a general Edward Braddock really was.

The English Capture of Fort Duquesne
American colonists fought with the British, then inherited their problems.

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