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Clash of Empires:The British, French & Indian War

Hello Canadian Researchers:

The Canadian War Museum will be presenting " Clash of Empires: The British, French & Indian War, 1754-1763." The exhibition begins next month (May 31, 2006 to November 12, 2006). Its opening page describes the exhibition as:

"Clash of Empires is the first major Canadian-American joint exhibition on the first global war. It tells the story of the Seven Years' War - a conflict that begins with Britain and France fighting for imperial predominance in North America and later spreads to Europe, the West Indies, Africa, and Asia. This war changes the world map, sets the stage for the American Revolution and is a decisive factor in the evolution of both Canada and United States. "

I immediately thought of Art Thomas' LaForce family since since the time frame begins before and during the French and Indian War. An historical irony (one of many ironies about the La Force decendants) includes this note from the "Clash of Empires..."

"The exhibition follows the course of the war in from its beginnings in the Ohio valley in 1754 when a force, led by George Washington, kills a French envoy."

Art's family left Canada and settled in Ohio!

The following page includes a life-like figure of John Bush, "an African American provincial soldier from Massachusetts, was known for his decoratively engraved powder horns."

Perhaps when the exhibit officially opens in May, the website will include more information and links to this intriguing period of history.


K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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