A Fleeting Empire: Early Stuart Britain and the Merchant Adventurers to Canada

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2010 - HISTORY - 277 pages
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Before the future of North American rule was decided by the battle between British and French forces on the Plains of Abraham, Britain s emerging imperial interests were represented by ambitious merchants and privateers. A Fleeting Empire examines the lives and exploits of early European adventurers in North America, revealing the murky mix of self-interest, patriotism, and adventure that motivated them.
 

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Contents

1 The Huron Mission and the Promise of New France
3
2 Early English and British Expeditions in the North Atlantic Theatre
19
3 King James VII and the Challenge of AngloScottish Cooperation
36
Sir William Alexander and His Charter
53
Charless Privateers and the Proxy War
69
6 The Demands of Honour and Charles Is Unfolding Strategy
87
James Stewart of Killeith Fourth Lord Ochiltree
102
8 Mixed Motives and the Company of Merchant Adventurers to Canada
119
10 Lord Ochiltrees Gamble and the Abandonment of Port Royal
149
11 The Treaty of SaintGermainenLaye and the End of a Partnership
169
Not as Strangers
185
Conclusion
187
Notes
193
Bibliography
229
Index
239
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9 Shifting Loyalties and the Case of the Embezzled Furs
136

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