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88   CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

The French, though neither so rich nor numerous as their rivals, acted with decision, for all owned one head. But the English colonies were so jealous of one another that none would put forth its full strength, and often all seemed powerless.

Duquesne.   In 1753 the Marquis Duquesne, who had

lately become governor of Canada, sent a

strong force into the Ohio valley. They drove off the English traders and built several forts.

George In the Washington. following year the gov-

ernor of Virginia

sent troops into the valley. They were led by George Wash-

ington, who after-

wards became so

famous, but were beaten in a skirmish and were obliged to retreat. The Indians, always anxious to be on the winning side, now tried to make friends with the French. Meanwhile, the mother countries continued to talk of peace, but were really preparing for war. _

ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, HALIFAX.
(Built in 1750.)

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