Sunday, August 10, 2014

232 Quiz Answer


 Don't forget, before the American Revolution we Americans were British.  And that includes the British colonel mentioned in this post, whose name was (drum roll) George Washington!

(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday; "E" is for "epic")
Who was this British soldier?

Speaking of history – (which nobody was) – I’ve always been interested in the conflict known as the French and Indian War, because it seemed to me that it wasn’t covered much in school.

Way back decades before the American Revolution, a large portion of the American continent belonged to the British but a much larger portion belonged to the French.

In fact, the French possessed two to three times as much American land as the British.

So there was – what else? – a war.

The French, who had Indians on their side, built a great fort in what they regarded as the center of the American continent: Fort Duquesne.






They thought of it as the center because it was where three major rivers got together.  Fort Duquesne was built right smack on what is now, in a more mercenary age, downtown Pittsburgh.



The British fought the French and Indian War successfully.  It was a large part of the reason why the French decided to cash in their chips and check out.  They left their vast territory east of the Mississippi, and their even vaster territory west, to the British.  The French influence was pretty well eradicated in those areas.
The end result of that war was the beginning of modern America.



The French and Indian War started as a sort of local war story, but it turned into an epic; numbers of countries in Europe were involved in the squeamish fight, a massive international conflict that came to be known as the Seven Years’ War.




But to get back to our French and our Indians, here’s what always interested me about that struggle. One of the most important people involved was a young red-coated British lieutenant-colonel, who led his British red-coat troops when fighting in that war.

 

Here’s a picture of that British colonel, proudly wearing the red-coat uniform in which he had served his monarch, King George.  He certainly played an important part in the formation of modern America.

What was his name?

(The answer will be posted Friday)

 

 

31 comments:

Altonian said...

I would imagine you are looking for the name - George Washington, of later Presidential fame, whose participation in the war took place some time after he had chopped down that darned tree.

Karen S. said...

Easy as American pie- and known well for his military ability, George Washington! Not to forget, our first President of the United Sates as well!

Berowne said...

Altonian - wouldn't you know it? - is first with the right answer.

kaykuala said...

George Washington it is, Berowne!

Hank

Eddie Bluelights said...

Think it is L/Col George Monro

. . . great to read these ~ Eddie

Berowne said...

Two with the correct answer: Karen S and kaykuala.

Helen said...

He certainly doesn't look like the man in the portrait that graced every one of my grade school classrooms ... but I'm thinking it might be George Washington?

Berowne said...

Helen has just joined us with the right answer.

Gillena Cox said...

Have a nice Sunday, i'll revisit to get the correct answer

Much love...

Eddie said...

Yes of course.

It must be George Washington who became the First President Of USA.

Eddie

Berowne said...


Eddie has just coughed up the right answer.

Gail said...

I have no idea but look forward to knowing.

I was just wondering the other day about why we weren't French...but many speak the language. I guess we will always be the big melting pot of nationalities.

Thanks for stopping by.

Roger Owen Green said...

Looks like George Washington, and i know (from some PBS thing) the fought in that war, not always successfully.

Berowne said...

Another with the right answer: Roger Owen Green.

Sharp Little Pencil said...

I think that's George Washington. I don't know the history, but the likeness is there, which means it's a good portrait!! Amy

Berowne said...

Sharp Little Pencil steps up with the correct answer.

Little Nell said...

I have some vague recollection of being told a story at school of a brave engagement during that war by General Wolfe, but I can’t remember the details, Clearly this is not him and I look forward to finding the answer.

Leslie: said...

General Edward Braddock

Reader Wil said...

Will I ever have time enough to learn more of the history of the USA? Anyway I must disappoint you: I don't know the name of this brave
British colonel.
Thanks for your visit and kind comment.
Have a great week!
Wil, ABCW Team

Hildred said...

It looks like George Washington, and he was there, so I would venture a guess it's him!

ChrisJ said...

Oh dear, American History is just not my forte. I hardly remeber being taught any American History in school. That was in England of course. But I will be watching for the correct answer.

ellen b said...

Oh dear me...I need to go back to school and listen this time around!

Sheilagh Lee said...

George Washington

Eddie Bluelights said...

Meant to say several times, Berowne, thank you so much for staging your weekly quiz which I enjoy very much.

Eddie . . . . :)

Berowne said...

What a wonderful comment, Eddie B.; thanx.

Berowne said...

The right answer has also been provided by Hildred and Sheilagh Lee.

oldegg said...

I should have paid more attention in class 65 years ago but I have a feeling General Woolf may have been the man.

Dolly Marionette said...

As a U.S. citizen, I'm rather ashamed of how much I don't know about my country's history. I think I probably doodled my way through history class. I was always very much a dreamer.
This was my response to the Three Word Wednesday prompt.
http://dothedead.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/debbies-dark-dna-research/

Lmkazmierczak said...

William Pitt, since you said it is now Pittsburgh?

Berowne said...

My thanks to all who took part in our weekly quiz.

cifar shayar said...

I think the answer is George Washington, very nice post

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