The Colonial Wars

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 15, 1965 - History - 239 pages
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Although the colonial wars consisted of almost continuous raids and skirmishes between the English and French colonists and their Indian allies and enemies, they can be separated into four major conflicts, corresponding to four European wars of which they were, in varying degrees, a part: King William's War (1689-97) (War of the League of Augsburg); Queen Anne's War (1702-13) (War of the Spanish Succession); King George's War (1744-48) (War of the Austrian Succession); and The French and Indian War (1755-62) (Seven Years' War).

Mr. Peckham chronicles the events of these wars, summarizing the struggle for empire in America among France, England, and Spain. He indicates how the colonists applied the experience they gained from fighting Indians to their engagements with European powers. And what they learned from the colonial wars they translated into a political philosophy that led to independence and self-government.

The ready involvement of the colonies in European ambitions, the success and failure of co-operation between colony and mother country, the efforts of the English colonies together, and the growing differences between them and Britain give the narrative continuity and rising excitement.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Europeans vs Indians
5
The North xiv
17
King Williams War
25
Sir William Phips facing page
48
Queen Annes War
57
American Troops under British and American Officers
77
St Augustine Florida in 1740
80
Jefferys map of General Abercrombys unsuccessful attack
144
Royal Americans and Rangers
156
The Marquis de Montcalm
170
AngloAmerican Allies
173
Indian Superintendent Sir William Johnson
176
The taking of Quebec 1759
190
Victory Removes an Antagonist
196
The Aftermath
213

General James Oglethorpe
88
King Georges War
97
Landing of the New England troops at Louisbourg 1745
102
French Militia vs Virginia Militia
120
British Regulars and American Militia
139
Important Dates
222
Suggested Reading
226
Index
233
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Howard H. Peckham is now retired from the University of Michigan where he was professor of history and director of the Clements Library.

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