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War! The Seven Years' War has begun, and the British and French are at each other's throats. But John is focused on finding the British governor Warwick, whom he believes kidnapped his uncle Stuart.

The Seven Years' War is the fourth scenario of Act II: Ice in Age of Empires III. In their pursuit of Warwick, John Black and Ká:nien get involved in a battle between the French and the British.


After saving the village of Nonahkee, John and Ká:nien pursue Wawick into the northwestern territories of Carolina, becoming involved in a conflict between the British and French on a global scale never seen before: the Seven Years' War.


Primary objectives[]

  • Help destroy the British on your side of the river.
  • Find and destroy the British Fort Command building.

Secondary objectives[]



As soon as the player destroys the British forces on their riverbank, some French buildings will be under their control, so they can create a base.


  • French (Flag FrenchDE French) - The French are being attacked by the British at the start of the scenario. If the player defeats the British on your riverbank, the French will give the control of some of their buildings. Sometimes they will send their troops to help the player destroy the British buildings.


  • British (Flag BritishDE British) - The British attack the French on the French bank of the river at the start of the scenario, and possess a mighty fort and several buildings across the river.


There are 6 treasures around the map: one near the Haudenosaunee village in the south, one near the player's base, one near the French base in the east, another behind the British base in the northwest, and two on the two sides of the river in the north.


Defending the French[]

As the cutscene ends and the level begins, the British have a large force inside the French town. The player should send their forces forward to assist the French as quickly as possible.

Afterwards, some of the buildings come under the player's control, so they can build up a base and prepare to assault the British base. Fortunately, the French will help protect the player's base, and send some assault forces of their own.

Capturing the Trading Post[]

There is a second objective, to capture the Trade Route on the eastern side of the British fort. Doing this will earn a lot of experience, which will allow the player to send more Mercenaries from the Home City. With a few Artillery pieces at their side, they'll be very effective.

When the player has built up a large army (and possibly taken over the Trade Route), it's time to attack. Focus on taking out their troop-producing buildings, and use artillery against the British fortifications.


Once the British are defeated, George Washington will step forward to tell John Black that Warwick fled west, toward The Great Lakes.


  • The American theater of the Seven Years' War is known as the French and Indian War, which had already begun two years earlier in 1754 and ended in 1763 along with all other theaters of war. This war changed the balance of power of the European powers in the New World and Europe, beginning the process that would end in the American and French revolutions.
  • During the first two years of the Seven Years' War, the French attacked and destroyed three British forts in North America: Fort Bull (March 27, 1756), Fort Oswego (August 10–14, 1756) and Fort William Henry (August 3–9, 1757), if Nathaniel was born in the early-middle (spring of 1757), this battle would have to be that of Fort Oswego. in which case the French general would be Louis Joseph de Montcalm.
  • This is the only scenario of the whole game where the player fights against a future protagonist of some other campaign (George Washington).


Campaigns in Age of Empires III
3Icon48px Age of Empires III
TutorialMaster the Basics · Try a Game
Act I: BloodBreakout · Into the Caves · Pirates! · The Ottoman Fort · Temples of the Aztec · A Pirate's Help · Spanish Treasure Fleet · The Fountain of Youth?
Act II: IceDefend the Colony · Strange Alliances · The Rescue · The Seven Years' War · The Great Lakes · Respect · Warwick's Stronghold · Bring Down the Mountain
Act III: SteelRace for the Rails · Hold the Fort · The Boneguard's Lair · The Lost Spanish Gold · Bolivar's Revolt · Journey Through the Andes · Last City of the Inca · Last Stand of the Boneguard
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs
Act I: FireWar Dance (War Ceremony· The Rescue · Breed's Hill · Crossing the Delaware · Saratoga · Valley Forge · The Battle of Morristown · The Battle of Yorktown
Act II: ShadowThe Bozeman Trail · Red Cloud's War (A Reckoning· Claims · Ambushed! (Urgent News· Turning Point (To Stop a War· Trust · Battle of the Little Bighorn (Battle of the Greasy Grass)
3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties
Act I: JapanThe Siege of Osaka · Uprising! · Clearing the Road · Last Stand at Fushimi · The Battle of Sekigahara
Act II: ChinaTo Finish a Fleet · Storming the Beaches · Lost Ships · A Rescue in the Wilderness · No Empire Lasts Forever
Act III: IndiaInto the Punjab · Fires of Calcutta · Resist! · Raid in Delhi · Company Confrontation
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition
Historical BattlesAlgiers · Christopher da Gama's Expedition · Chuvash Cape · Raid on the Caribbean · Fort Duquesne · Battle of New Orleans · The Burning of USS Philadelphia · Grito de Dolores · Battle of Queenston Heights
The Art of WarEarly Economy · Treasures · Home City Shipments · Booming · Build Orders · Early Defense · Early Offense · Land Battle · Naval Battle · Artillery
Event scenariosBombard Brawl
Age3DE Icon The African Royals
Historical BattlesThe Battle of the Three Kings · Fall of the Hausa · The Era of the Princes
Names in brackets are the scenario's name in the Definitive Edition.