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Lawrence Valley (Quebec City, 1608, then Montreal, 1642), explored the continent looking for furs. In 1634, Jean Nicolet reached Lake Michigan (Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin).
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.The shareholders were mostly residents of the colony of Virginia [now the states of Virginia and West Virginia].They were interested in making money in land speculation and the fur trade.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.