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The French and Indian Wars is a name used in the United States for a series of conflicts in North America that represented the actions there that accompanied the European dynastic wars. Quebec refers to these wars as the Intercolonial Wars.

While some conflicts involved Spanish and Dutch forces, most were between Great Britain, its colonies and Indian allies on one side and those of France, its colonies and Indian allies on the other. As such, the American conflicts were also part of the persistent Anglo-French Second Hundred Years' War, which involved many conflicts between 1688 and 1815.

The expanding French and British colonies were contending for control of the western or interior territories. Whenever the European countries went to war, there were actions within and by these colonies although the dates of the conflict did not necessarily exactly coincide with those of the larger conflicts.

Years of War North American War European War Treaty
1689 – 1697

King William's War
1st Intercolonial War (in Quebec)

War of the Grand Alliance
War of the League of Augsburg
Treaty of Ryswick
1702 – 1713

Queen Anne's War
2nd Intercolonial War

War of the Spanish Succession Treaty of Utrecht (1713)
1744 – 1748

King George's War
3rd Intercolonial War

War of Jenkins' Ear
War of the Austrian Succession
Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle (1748)
1754 – 1763

The French and Indian War
4th Intercolonial War

Seven Years' War Treaty of Paris (1763)

Rhode Island soldiers and sailors in King George's War, 1740-1748 (Source:
STERRY, Cyprian Served in Capt. Rice's Co. in 1746.
STERRY, Robert Lieut. in Capt. Rice's Co. in 1746.

A Muster Roll of the Company in his Majesty's Service Raised in the Colony of Rhode Island for the Reduction of Canada Commanded by Capt. William Rice until his Death and then by Capt Nathan Carpenter (Source:
Robert Sterry, Lieut, Enlisted 2 June 1746, 516 days, Whole wages: £120-8/-
Cyprian Sterry, Enlisted 30 June 1746, 488 days, Whole wages: £12-4/-

The French and Indian War resulted in the British conquest of all of New France east of the Mississippi River, as well as Spanish Florida. The outcome was one of the most significant developments in the persistent Anglo-French Second Hundred Years' War. To compensate its ally, Spain, for its loss of Florida, France ceded its control of French Louisiana west of the Mississippi. France's colonial presence north of the Caribbean was reduced to the tiny islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Rhode Island Colonial War Servicemen, 1740-62


Name: Robert STERRY
War Served In: Old French & Indian War
Notes: Appointed Lieutenant in February 1755, and Captain of Second Co. in March 1755, but apparently was superceded by Samuel Angell. Served as Armorer of Col. Harris' Regt. in 1756.

Name: ____, son of Robert STERRY
War Served In: Old French & Indian War
Notes: Served as Assistant Armorer in Col. Harris' Regt. in 1756

Connecticut Soldiers, French and Indian War, 1755-62


Name Page Location Regiment Regt. Command Company Co. Command Campaign Year
Silas STERRY 218 Connecticut Fourth Eleazer FITCH, Colonel & Captain Fifth John STANTON, Captain 1760
Silas STERRY 254 Connecticut First Phineas LYMAN, Colonel & Captain Eleventh Hugh LEDLIE, Captain 1761