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

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1755

A little more or a little less territory in North America should not cause a war. Each nation possesses more than she can use for a long time to come.

—Antoine-Louis Rouille, Comte de Jouy, 1755

How little credit is given to a Commander, who perhaps after a defeat, in relating the cause justly lays the blame on some individual whose cowardly behav’r betray’d the whole to ruin; how little does the World consider the Circumstances, and how apt are Mankind to level their vindictive Censures against the unfortunate Chief, who perhaps merited least of the blame.

—George Washington, 1755

Who would have thought it?

—General Edward Braddock’s dying words, 1755

While French and British subjects killed each other in North America’s wilderness, diplomats met to prevent the fighting from escalating into a general war. 1 During 1755’s first three months, British diplomats issued several formal demands that the French withdraw from the disputed territories in the Ohio valley and Acadia. In January, Sir Thomas Robinson proposed to French ambassador to the Court of St. James, Charles Pierre Gaston Francois de Levis, Duc de Mirepoix, that the North American boundaries be restored to those following the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht. It was not until February 20, however, that Robinson conveyed to Mirepoix the specifics of such a withdrawal. Whitehall proposed that both sides demilitarize all lands

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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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