Seven Years’ War at the Huntington

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on January 17, 2010

From the Huntington’s website:

A Clash of Empires: The Seven Years’ War and British America
Huntington Library (West Hall), San Marino, CA, 13 February — 28 June 2010

Some 20 years before the shot “heard ‘round the world” initiated the War of Independence, other shots, fired in what is now southwestern Pennsylvania, literally set the world on fire. On May 28, 1754, a detachment of Virginia militia commanded by a young George Washington ambushed a party of French soldiers in the territory claimed by both France and England. Less than two months later, French reinforcements surrounded the stockade hastily built by Washington’s men and forced their surrender. This skirmish triggered a chain of events that erupted in a conflict known as the French and Indian War or the Seven Years’ War and drew into its vortex all the European powers and engulfed the entire globe. A Clash of Empires examines the causes, course, and consequences of the conflict through the eyes of its many participants, publicly displaying for the first time materials from the Huntington Library’s vast collections documenting this turning point in modern history.

Tagged with:
%d bloggers like this: