Steve Runkle talks about The French and Indian War in the Susquehanna River Basin Region
This presentation covers the chronology of events that occurred immediately preceding and during the French and Indian War in the Susquehanna River Basin Region. George Washington’s pivotal role in the developing conflict is analyzed. Three attempts by the British to take Fort Duquesne at the strategic Forks of the Ohio River are outlined. A discussion of the deadly struggle between dispossessed Native Americans and the region’s first European settlers is presented along with an analysis of the reasons for atrocities committed by both sides. The presentation describes the screen of colonial fortifications erected to defend the region’s frontier.
Steve is a retired Hydraulic Engineer and Engineering Supervisor formerly with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. He also has served as an independent contractor with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission in the field of water resources engineering. Steve has a keen interest in local history, the Revolutionary and Civil War, area canals, coal mining, lumbering and lumber rafting, and Indian tribes that once lived in the Susquehanna Basin.