The Great Frontier War: Britain, France, and the Imperial Struggle for North America, 1607-1755

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Economies and Societies

To withstand the violence of the cold winters, one ought to have his blood composed of brandy, his body of brass, and his eyes of glass.

—Baron Lahontan, 1686

In my person alone resides the sovereign power…. To me alone belong the legislative power, unconditional and undivided. All public order emanates from me. My people and I are one.

—Louis XV, 1766

We shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.

—John Winthrop, 1630

These colonies are deeply tinged with all the vices and bad qualities of the mother country; and indeed, many parts of it are peopled with those that the law or necessity has forced upon it. Notwithstanding these disadvantages … this will, some time hence, be a vast empire, the seat of power and learning. Nature has refused them nothing.

—James Wolfe, 1758

We shall not speak of the rights of the natural owners of the country, which these great powers entirely discount, even though the natives find it strange that others should fight for a country where the author of life has, in their view, created them, where they have always lived & of which the bones of their ancestors have had possession from the beginning of time.

—Captain Pierre Pouchot, 1754

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • 1 - Trade and Conquest 1
  • 2 - Economies and Societies 53
  • 3 - Armies and Navies 109
  • 4 - 1754 175
  • 5 - 1755 217
  • Bibliography 275
  • Index 315
  • About the Author 327
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