In the year 1754, twenty two year old George Washington was on a mission from the Governor of Virginia to enforce the colony’s land claim on the area of western Pennsylvania. The French forces had just built Fort Duquesne (modern day Pittsburgh) as a means to solidify their claim to the land. At this time both England and France had started to develop the area. France used the waterways and was interested in trade. England was marching overland and more interested in land and territory. The merging of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers into the Ohio River at Fort Duquesne was to become the center point of this conflict.
Doug is a high school physics teacher who lives a few miles outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Growing up in one of the major areas of early American history it was only a matter of time before he became obsessively interested in it.