Colonial American Troops 1610-1774 (2) (Men-at-Arms) by René Chartrand, Dave Rickman

By René Chartrand, Dave Rickman

From the earliest English settlements the survival of the baby colonies in North the United States depended upon neighborhood militias. in the course of the seventeenth and many of the 18th century royal troops have been seldom shipped out from Britain, and the most burden of successive wars with the yank Indians, and with the usual troops and militias of Britain's colonial competitors France and Spain, frequently fell upon in the community raised infantrymen. those devices additionally fought along the Crown forces in the course of significant operations similar to the French-Indian warfare of the 1750s. This moment of a desirable three-part learn covers the militias and provincial troops raised in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, ny and New Jersey.

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They wanted a firm grip on the waterways that led from the St. Lawrence through the Great Lakes to the Mississippi, and they would expand their holdings in the region if they could. But Louis XIV and Louis XV were preoccupied with affairs in Europe and would not spare the manpower to set- The First Imperialists 23 tie a vast French population in the heartland of North America. The AngloAmericans did. They wanted to settle new land, and they were settling it at an alarming pace. As one Indian leader told his compatriots, "Brethren, are you ignorant of the difference between our Father [the French] and the English?

One year before the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, the Virginia Convention was still committed to "the security and happiness of the British Empire," insisting only that "assumptions of unlawful power" by Parliament were the chief threat to the "harmony and union" of all the peoples within that empire. Jefferson appealed to the king to intervene against one legislature within his realm attempting to subjugate another. " A century and a half later the British themselves would adopt this idea in the form of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

59 Instead the task was left to the British Empire. The appeals of Franklin and other colonial leaders for imperial action had finally fallen on receptive ears in London. After decades of relative neglect of North America in favor of preserving a balance of power in Europe, British public opinion in the late 1740s and early 1750s was growing more bellicose. A powerful faction in Parliament wanted more aggressive action against France, which many believed to be on the move in both Europe and North America.

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