A History of the American People: Illustrated with Portraits, Maps, Plans, Facsimiles, Rare Prints, Contemporary Views, Etc - Vol. 2

A History of the American People: Illustrated with Portraits, Maps, Plans, Facsimiles, Rare Prints, Contemporary Views, Etc - Vol. 2

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A History of the American People: Illustrated with Portraits, Maps, Plans, Facsimiles, Rare Prints, Contemporary Views, Etc - Vol. 2

A History of the American People: Illustrated with Portraits, Maps, Plans, Facsimiles, Rare Prints, Contemporary Views, Etc - Vol. 2

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No one who marked how the English colonies had grown, and how the French had lagged in the effectual settlement and mastery of the regions they had taken, could wonder that in the final struggle for supremacy the English had won and the French lost everything there was to fight for. The French had been as long on the continent as the English, and yet they did not have one-tenth the strength of the English, either in population or in wealth, when this war came. There were fifty-five thousand white colonists in Canada, all told; and only twenty-five thousand more in all the thin line of posts and hamlets which stretched from the St. Lawrence through the long valley of the Mississippi to the Gulf,—eighty thousand in all. In the English settlements there were more than a million colonists (1,160,000), not scattered in separated posts set far apart in the forested wilderness, but clustered thick in towns and villages, or in neighborly plantations, where the forest had been cleared away, roads made, and trade and peace established. The English had been seeking, not conquest, but comfort and wealth in busy centres and populous country-sides, where their life now ran as strong and as calm, almost, as if they were still in the old lands of England itself. The French . . .
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