Why was the Ohio river valley so appealing to settlers? Why did it become so controversial?
- tuffyLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
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.
- ammianusLv 77 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.