In 1669, D'Iberville arrived at the mouth of the Mississippi, later known as New Orleans (Louisiana).
Many more were built, for example in 1711, at Michillimakinac (Michigan) or in 1718, at New Orleans (Louisiana).
— Genealogy of French forts of the West by Franco Gene In Canada, there was nothing but a constant struggle against nature, still mistress of the vast solitudes, against vigilant rivals and a courageous and cruel race of natives.
In Canada, the designation French and Indian War is nearly unknown.
English Canadians typically refer to the war as the Seven Years War, while French Canadians call it the Guerre de la conquete (War of the Conquest), since it is the war in which New France was conquered by the British and became part of the North American portion of the British Empire.
Before long the native people of America became acquainted with the fire-water...
La Salle, in his intrepid expeditions (from 1669 to 1687), discovered – that is, performed the first European exploration of – Ohio and Illinois, navigated the Great Lakes, crossed the Mississippi..pushed on as far as Texas.
Lawrence Valley (Quebec City, 1608, then Montreal, 1642), explored the continent looking for furs. In 1634, Jean Nicolet reached Lake Michigan (Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin).
In 1615, Samuel de Champlain and Etienne Brule reached the Great Lakes (Ontario). In 1657-58, Medard Chouart Desgroseillers and Pierre-Esprit Radisson explored Lake Superior and the upper reach of the Mississippi River (Illinois).
They responded by constructing a string of forts in the contested area [now western Pennsylvania and Ohio] to assert sovreignty and to exclude Englishmen.
The Ohio Country (sometimes called the Ohio Territory) was the name used in the 1700s for the regions of North America west of the Appalachian Mountains and in the region of the upper Ohio River south of Lake Erie – roughly corresponding to the present-day states of Ohio, eastern Indiana, western Pennsylvania, and northwestern West Virginia.
In 1669-70, Robert Cavelier de La Salle explored Ohio and Illinois.