France, Britain and Spain all set up colonies in America. The settlers in these colonies drove out the native population of Indians. In 1756, a war broke out between the British colonists and the French and Indians. This became known as the French and Indian War or The Seven Years War. Britain sent over large numbers of troops called Redcoats to assist the colonists. The colonists had won by 1763, after Britain having spent £101.5 million on the war in total.