THE FRENCH and INDIAN WAR

1754-1763

The Imperial Struggle for North America

Seymour I. Schwartz


Synopsis

The French and Indian War, 1754-1763: The Imperial Struggle for North America presents, for the first time, a description of the battles and engagements of the war complemented by contemporary maps, drawings, and engravings of troop movements, views of forts, and portraits of participants. This book contains 118 illustrations, many from the authorís own collection, as well as from public and private sources in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

The French and Indian War, also called the Great War for the Empire, changed the map of North America. The battles that occurred between 1753 and 1760 took more lives than the American War of Independence, making the French and Indian War the bloodiest conflict fought on American soil in the eighteenth century.

The war pitted the French and their Indian allies against the English colonists and their Indian allies along the Atlantic seaboard in an attempt to gain possession of the Ohio Valley. Warriors of legendary and even heroic stature faced each other. The war afforded George Washington his first command of troops. It saw the exploits of Captain Robert Rogers and his Rangers and the dominant role of Sir William Johnson, the great Indian agent in New York colony. It saw the deaths of Louis-Joseph de Montcalm and James Wolfe on the Plains of Abraham as the British captured Quebec. It erased Franceís political influence from the continent and established English dominance east of the Mississippi and in Canada. And it set the stage for the American Revolution and the establishment of the United States of America.

The French and Indian War, 1754-1763: The Imperial Struggle for North America will be of great value to anyone interested in American history, military history, and the history of cartography.
 

ISBN 0-7858-1165-6

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