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Fort Necessity

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Definition: Hastily constructed fort (which really wasn't much of a fort at all) done so at the orders of George Washington, a young officer fighting for England, after his failure to take Fort Duquesne, an important French fort near present-day Pittsburgh. In the 1754 battle, the French easily overcame the small English force and demanded Washington's surrender. Washington was allowed to lead his men away after he agreed to leave two English officers behind as hostages.

Related Resources:
About Fort Necessity
Specific references to the battle in the History of Canada.

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

Elsewhere on the Web:
Background and Battle at Fort Necessity
See the story behind the battle to understand the battle better.

More on Fort Necessity
Dig deeper to discover the significance of this early battle.

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