Nikki asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 7 years ago

Why was the Ohio river valley so appealing to settlers? Why did it become so controversial?

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  • tuffy
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    7 years ago
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    The Ohio Valley had extremely rich soil for farming. There were millions of acres of virgin timber, and was the center of beaver population whose pelts were used to make fur hats for many Europeans. Problems occurred there when the British defeated the French in the French and Indian War (1756-1763) and the Native Americans rebelled against American colonists trying to settle there, thus taking land away from the Native Americans. Problems continued in the Ohio Valley until 1815 when the War of 1812 ended.

  • 7 years ago

    The area contained rich fur and lumber resources,exploitation of which could be very profitable.

    Thus both France and Britain wanted to control the region,and the Native Americans living there wanted to remain as the middlemen in these trades.

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