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Gov. George E. Pataki has approved legislation creating a French and Indian War 250th Anniversary Commemoration Commission.

The 19-member commission is charged with promoting, from 2005 to 2010, the 250th anniversary of the war, mainly through the use of re-enactments at places such as Fort William Henry overlooking Lake George.

The French and Indian War was one of a series of wars fought between England and France beginning in the late 17th century, and was the first to begin in the New World. As a result of the war, France lost all of its colonies in North America to the English.

"The battles of the French and Indian War were the driving force for inspiring the values and ideals that led to the successful drive toward American independence," Pataki said Tuesday.

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