Since the 18th century, historians have credited General John Forbes’s success in seizing Fort Duquesne principally to the deliberation and care he took in building the road and forts that constituted his “covered approach” to the Forks of the Ohio. Modern scholars have added to the picture by emphasizing the decisive effects of intercultural diplomacy that paralleled Forbes’s fort-and-road-building and culminated in the separate peace that the Delawares negotiated with the British at the Treaty of Easton. But what made the Delawares, and eventually the Shawnees, abandon their alliance with the French, thus rendering the Forks of the Ohio indefensible?
Author Fred Anderson’s account of the history of Native groups at the Forks from 1755 through the fall of Fort Duquesne—until quite recently, a hidden history—casts new light on this turning point of the Seven Years’ War, and hints at larger patterns of Indian influence in the shaping of American history.
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Fred Anderson received his B.A. from Colorado State University in 1971 and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1981. Since 1984, he has been a member of the Department of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Warren Center of Harvard University, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. His books include Crucible of War: The Seven Years War and the Fate of Empire in British North America,1754-1766; The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War, a companion volume to the 2005 PBS series of the same name; and (with Andrew Cayton) The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000 (2005).