MADISON COUNTY — “Come on, help me!” cried the young woman in a long, colonial dress as she stood in a field Saturday afternoon outside the front gates of Fort Boonesborough.
She and another girl were surrounded by American Indians as British and American soldiers bartered for their lives.
The tense exchange ended peacefully with the women returning to the safety of the fort, and the French and Indian forces walking away with extra guns.
This weekend, several dozen re-enactors set up white tents at Fort Boonesborough and educated the public about the French and Indian War, which was fought in Great Britain’s North American colonies from 1754 to 1763.
Todd Morris and his son, D.J., were visiting from Charleston, W.Va. Morris was in Lexington last week on business and heard about the encampment. He had been to a similar event as a boy at the fort, and he took his son along on the trip so he could experience the event.
“He’s been interested in the history of the equipment the soldiers carried,” Morris said as re-enactor Miles Ward of Princeton showed the two his long gun and a hatchet.
The strains of a violin drifted through the encampment Saturday afternoon. A man dressed in a red coat sat under the shade of his tent, playing one song after another.
The musician, Buzz Hollett of Indianapolis, has been participating in re-enactments since the mid-1990s when a friend got him involved.
Hollett said the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years’ War, was an important chapter in American history.
“If you think about it, if we had lost the war, we would be speaking French right now,” Hollett said.
He noted that the seeds of the Revolutionary War were planted with the events of the French and Indian War.
Because the Seven Years’ War was so costly, the British started taxing the colonies more to recover the money. The tax increases angered colonial Americans, which led to protests such as the Boston Tea Party and increased tensions with the British governors and their troops.
Eventually, the Revolutionary War broke out that resulted in America’s independence in 1783.
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