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A History of the French & Indian Wars, 1689-1766: the Conflicts Between Britain and France For the Domination of North America---A History of the French War by Rossiter Johnson & The Ohio Indian War by Thomas Guthrie Marquis

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A History of the French & Indian Wars, 1689-1766: the Conflicts Between Britain and France For the Domination of North America---A History of the French War by Rossiter Johnson & The Ohio Indian War by Thomas Guthrie Marquis
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Author(s): Rossiter Johnson & Thomas Guthrie Marquis
Date Published: 2021/12
Page Count: 308
Softcover ISBN-13: 978-1-915234-01-8
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1-915234-00-1

A century of warfare to claim a continent

This unique Leonaur book provides an overview of all the conflicts in North America during the later 17th and 18th centuries, to the close of the Seven Years’ War and on the Western frontier prior to the American Revolution. The overarching issue during this period was which European power, Britain or France, would succeed in dominating that part of the Americas. Each side had its own regular troops and locally raised militias, together with distinctive Native-American allies divided by the deep enmity between the Huron and the Iroquois nations. In these pages the reader will chronologically follow the bloody warpath through King William’s War, Queen Anne’s War, King George’s War, the fighting in the Ohio Valley, Braddock’s Defeat, the Battle at Lake George, the fall of Louisbourg, and the struggles for the frontier forts including William Henry, Ticonderoga, Frontenac and Du Quesne. Johnson’s account concludes with the campaign that led to the fall of Quebec and French defeat in Canada. To provide context this book also includes an account of the Ohio Indian War led by the Ottawa war chief, Pontiac, which broke out in 1763 and led to the final expulsion of French forces from North America. Contains maps and illustrations.

Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket.

Loudoun was only two days out on his way to New York, when he was met by tidings of more misfortune to the British arms. As soon as it was known by the French that he had sailed for Louisbourg, Montcalm resolved to strike another blow in New York, for which he had been making preparations during the entire spring and summer. Nothing had been left undone to incite the Indians and unite them for a blow at the English fortifications at Lake George. A grand council was held at Niagara on the 1st of July, at which the Iroquois gave belts to the Hurons, Ottawas, and other allies of the French, as a token of their intention to join the enemies of the English; and a belt was given in reply, which was covered with vermilion, signifying an invitation to war. They desired the Iroquois to bring to their father—that is, the French governor some of the bad meat they loved so well. By the “bad meat” they meant the English.
Another congress was held at Montreal, at which thirty-three nations were represented, including chiefs from Acadia to Lake Superior. “We will try our father’s hatchet on the English, to see if it cuts well,” said a chief of the Senecas. Montcalm sang the war-song with them every day of the council, and they loved him as a leader whom they never had seen beaten, who could open the way for them to an unlimited quantity of plunder and scalps. The tribes were assembled at Fort St. John, on the River Sorel. Their missionaries came with them, and masses and hymns of the church alternated with the fantastic dance and the unearthly yells that heralded the strife. When all was ready, they ascended the river and Lake Champlain in a fleet of two hundred canoes, and landed at Ticonderoga.
Several minor engagements took place while Montcalm was preparing for the main attack. A party went out under Marin to the vicinity of Fort Edward, and returned in triumph. “They did not amuse themselves with making prisoners,” said Montcalm, as the one captive and the forty-two scalps were taken from the boat, and exhibited before the admiring eyes of the Indians. A slight skirmish took place at Harbor Island near Sabbath-Day Point. A party of three hundred was sent out from Fort William Henry under an officer named Palmer, to make observations, when a band of Ottawas who had been hiding for twenty-four hours suddenly rushed upon the twenty-two boats of the English, and made such havoc that only twelve escaped.
One hundred and sixty were taken prisoners; the rest were drowned, or fell under the fury of the savages. After this victory, the Ottawas wanted to go home. They felt that they had glory enough, and ought not to tempt the fortunes of war any farther. But Montcalm held another council, and bound all the Indians, by the presentation of the great belt of six thousand shells, to stay until the end of the expedition.
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