2601 – Fort Ligonier and the Fall of Fort Duquesne

In May 1754. A young George Washington’s first combat experience occurred at the Battle of Jumonville Glen located in southwest Pennsylvania in the Ohio Valley, where he defeated a small group of French on a diplomatic mission to inform the British that they needed to leave the area; it was French territory and quickly became a flashpoint in the fight for the supremacy of North America. Especially critical was the French controlled Fort Duquesne (modern day Pittsburgh) where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers merge to form the Ohio River which then flows into the Mississippi River, and gives a water route to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean from the interior of America. Washington was there in turn to inform the French to leave, as well as to construct a road into the area. This incident is often considered the opening battle in the French and Indian or Seven Years War.

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This episode was written by regular Doug Knipple.

Doug is a 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.