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The illusion of a formal peace between the English and French was maintained despite the frequent, venomous skirmishes on the Canadian frontier.
In 1756, England declared war with France and their North American colonies became a battleground. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
In 1756, England declared war with France and their North American colonies became a battleground. (As portrayed in Canada: A People's History)
But on July 8, 1755, England finally severed its diplomatic ties with France and the following year it would declare war.

In North America, the tension between the colonies of these European empires escalated. Benjamin Franklin determined there could be no future for English America, until the French were eliminated.

"The French will... set the Indians to harass our frontiers, kill and scalp our people, and drive in the advanced settlers; and so, preventing our obtaining more subsistence by cultivating of new lands, they discourage our marriages, and keep our people from increasing; thus (if the expression may be allowed) killing thousands of our children before they are born."

Citing the need to protect the English colonies, Franklin published a call to arms.
The French would have to be driven out of North America.

"The safety and security of all the English colonies in North America, their very Being as English Colonies, make such measure absolutely necessary, and that without any Loss of Time."

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