s desiring unlimited possessions;—France, to bound British enterprise by the Penobscot or the Kennebeck,
Galissoniere to Col. Mascarene, 15 Jan., 1749. and the Alleghanies; England, to bring the continent under her flag, to supply the farthest wigwam from her workshops, to fill the wilderness with colonies that should trade onlyrgently claimed his attention; and with equal promptness he determined to secure the possession of Nova Scotia and the Ohio valley.
The region beyond the Alleghanies had as yet no English settlement, except, perhaps, a few scattered cabins in Western Virginia.
The Indians south of Lake Erie and in the Ohio valley were, inonly by Lake Erie.
To secure Ohio for the English world, Lawrence Washington of Virginia, Augustus Washington, and their associates, proposed a colony beyond the Alleghanies. The country west of the great mountains is the centre of the British dominions, wrote Halifax and his colleagues, who were inflamed with the hope of recoveri