American Revolution


Getting the French and Indian War out from the American Revolution’s Shadow

Most Americans like to think of the
American Revolution
as an instinctive, inevitable, and unspeakably kickass move on the part of the North American colonists. Our overwhelming patriotic sentiment creates a bubble of adulation around the event, which makes it seem more isolated within history than it ought to be. Enter the French and Indian War.

If colonial American history were a pair of proud parents, the
French and Indian War
would be the oldest sibling – maxed out on responsibility and given a minimum of recognition, while the American Revolution would be the baby of the family – adored, indulged, and equipped with a lot of great hand-me-downs. To put it plainly, if it weren’t for the French and Indian War, the American Revolution would just be a bunch of clueless colonists getting slaughtered in the bush. IF it had happened at all.

The French and Indian War lasted from around 1754 to 1763. Its combatants were Great Britain, France, Spain, many Native American tribes, and the North American colonists. At stake was the political landscape of an entire continent. In case this doesn’t ring a bell, here are the top 23 things that America gained from the French and Indian War:

23) French sympathy. Not during the war, when American colonists fought as subjects of the British crown, but shortly afterwards, when they decided to tell the Brits to shove it. After all, the British had overtaken enough French territory to more than double the size of its own. What better way to get back at them than to help their subjects wage a revolution 13 years down the road?

22-5) Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among other areas. Thank you, France and Spain. Sorry, rightful native owners.

4) A ton of expenses. No, really; managing all that extra territory proved to be a financial nightmare for Great Britain, and as anyone who wants out of a bad relationship knows, being high maintenance is a great way to expedite a breakup.

3) George Washington. No, make that General George Washington, who became a military man during the French and Indian War at the behest of the British governor of Virginia. In 1753, at 21 years of age, the inexperienced George was assigned the task of leading his men through 500 miles of wilderness and kindly asking the French to leave the Ohio Valley. With their refusal began Washington’s military career, which we’re told came in handy some years down the road.

2) Practice. Under Washington, tens of thousands of future Americans banded together in opposition to their common enemies, getting combat training and the lay of the land in the process. Many colonists who fought in the French and Indian War went on to form the backbone of the American Revolution.

1) Nationalism. By working together in an unprecedented cooperative effort, a sense of shared identity began to grow among the members of the thirteen colonies. In case the British felt they hadn’t yet given their colonial subjects enough reasons to split, they also made a point of insulting them by, for example, ranking their infantrymen above our colonial officers. Yeah. Then they stopped returning our calls.

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The Battles along the Rivers, Mountains, and in the Deep Woods of the South that Changed the Fate of Nations The American Revolution marked a dramatic change in the struggle for land along the southern frontier. In the colonial era, Americ…

The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America (Paperback)


The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America (Paperback)


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In this audacious recasting of the American Revolution, distinguished historian Gary Nash offers a profound new way of thinking about the struggle to create this country, introducing readers to a coalition of patriots from all classes and races…

The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution (Paperback)


The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution (Paperback)


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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of William Cooper’s Town comes a dramatic and illuminating portrait of white and Native American relations in the aftermath of the American Revolution.The Divided Ground tells the story of tw…

The American Revolution 1774-1783 (Paperback)


The American Revolution 1774-1783 (Paperback)


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The American Revolution has been characterized politically as a united political uprising of the American colonies and militarily as a guerrilla campaign of colonists against the inflexible British military establishment. Daniel Marston argues that thi…

Great Women of the American Revolution (Paperback)


Great Women of the American Revolution (Paperback)


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“Men may have fought the battles of the American Revolution, but women played an important part too. Some women fought the battle at home, speaking their minds about the British occupation or gathering supplies for their soldiers. Others fought openly …

The American Revolution: A Concise History (Hardcover)


The American Revolution: A Concise History (Hardcover)


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Here is a brisk, accessible, and vivid introduction to arguably the most important event in the history of the United States–the American Revolution. Between 1760 and 1800, the American people cast off British rule to create a new nation and a…

The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook (Hardcover)


The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook (Hardcover)


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In 1996, Congress commissioned the National Park Service to compile a list of sites and landmarks connected with the American Revolution that it deemed vital to preserve for future generations. Some of these sites are well known–Bunker Hill, Valley Fo…

Gay Power: An American Revolution (Paperback)


Gay Power: An American Revolution (Paperback)


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A history of the gay liberation movement in New York traces the period between the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969 and the emergence of AIDS, documenting the activities of such organizations as the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activist Alliance while o…

Turning Points of the American Revolution (Hardcover)


Turning Points of the American Revolution (Hardcover)


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Discusses the most important battles of the Revolutionary War for the Patriot Army, including the Battle of Trenton, the Battles of Saratoga, and Valley Forge.

American Revolution and the Young Republic: 1763 to 1816 (Hardcover)


American Revolution and the Young Republic: 1763 to 1816 (Hardcover)


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An American history textbook that begins with the foundation of the American Revolution and ends with the earliest presidential administrations.

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About The Women and Girls of the American Revolution (Hardcover)


Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About The Women and Girls of the American Revolution (Hardcover)


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Listen up! You’ve all heard about the great men who led and fought during the American Revolution; but did you know that the guys only make up part of the story? What about the women? The girls? The dames? Didn’t they play a part? Of course t…

george vs. george: the american revolution as seen from both sides (Paperback)


george vs. george: the american revolution as seen from both sides (Paperback)


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There are two sides to every story. Rosalyn Schanzer’s engaging and wonderfully illustrated book brings to life both sides of the American Revolution. The narrative introduces anew the two enemies, both named George: George Washington, the man …

Significant Battles of the American Revolution (Hardcover)


Significant Battles of the American Revolution (Hardcover)


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The Origin and Principles of the American Revolution, Compared With the Origin and Principles of the French Revol... (Paperback)


The Origin and Principles of the American Revolution, Compared With the Origin and Principles of the French Revol… (Paperback)


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The Origin and Principles of the American Revolution is perhaps one of the most important books written on the American Revolution by a European author. It is an original study of the subject by a conservative, objective German obser…

 A Veritable... Arsenal of Manufacturing: Government Management of Weapons Production in the American Revolution.


A Veritable… Arsenal of Manufacturing: Government Management of Weapons Production in the American Revolution.


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 Cry Liberty: The Great Stono River Slave Rebellion of 1739


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 Cry Liberty: The Great Stono River Slave Rebellion of 1739


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 Cry Liberty: The Great Stono River Slave Rebellion of 1739


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 Lady Hancock; A Story of the American Revolution


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 Not a Common Event: An Analysis of the Beginning of the American Revolution.


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 'A Mere Matter of Marching'


‘A Mere Matter of Marching’


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For 124 years, from 1690 to 1814, Americans were besotted with the notion that it would take “a mere matter of marching” (in Th omas Jeff erson’s words) to seize Canada and add it to their union. Th e marching began in colonial times, in 1690, when Americans, angered by French-led Indian attacks on their frontier outposts, retaliated by sending an expedition to lay siege to Quebec, the capital of New France. Th ey sailed home when they ran out of ammunition and rum. In 1745, another, and much larger, colonial expedition set sail with the help of the British Royal Navy, to attack the great French fortress at Louisbourg, and managed to capture it, leading Americans to believe for years to come they were better soldiers than they really were. Serious marching, this time against the new British rulers of Canada, took place during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Ethan Allen started it all in 1775 by attacking Quebec with a scratch force of untrained soldiers. He was captured and thrown in prison. Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold led armies that seized Montreal, but were turned back at Quebec. Montgomery was killed and Arnold wounded. Inept and poorly led American armies invaded Canada again and again during the War of 1812. It wasn’t until Tecumseh was dead and Winfi eld Scott was in command of a well-disciplined army – the fi rst in American history – that Yankee soldiers were able to stand up to British regulars. Th e army, in the end, was saved by the navy, which won signifi cant victories om Lakes Erie and Champlain. Canada emerged from the war a distinctive nation that to this day harbors a certain ambivalence in its thinking about its powerful neighbor to the south.

 'A Mere Matter of Marching'


‘A Mere Matter of Marching’


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For 124 years, from 1690 to 1814, Americans were besotted with the notion that it would take “a mere matter of marching” (in Th omas Jeff erson’s words) to seize Canada and add it to their union. Th e marching began in colonial times, in 1690, when Americans, angered by French-led Indian attacks on their frontier outposts, retaliated by sending an expedition to lay siege to Quebec, the capital of New France. Th ey sailed home when they ran out of ammunition and rum. In 1745, another, and much larger, colonial expedition set sail with the help of the British Royal Navy, to attack the great French fortress at Louisbourg, and managed to capture it, leading Americans to believe for years to come they were better soldiers than they really were. Serious marching, this time against the new British rulers of Canada, took place during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Ethan Allen started it all in 1775 by attacking Quebec with a scratch force of untrained soldiers. He was captured and thrown in prison. Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold led armies that seized Montreal, but were turned back at Quebec. Montgomery was killed and Arnold wounded. Inept and poorly led American armies invaded Canada again and again during the War of 1812. It wasn’t until Tecumseh was dead and Winfi eld Scott was in command of a well-disciplined army – the fi rst in American history – that Yankee soldiers were able to stand up to British regulars. Th e army, in the end, was saved by the navy, which won signifi cant victories om Lakes Erie and Champlain. Canada emerged from the war a distinctive nation that to this day harbors a certain ambivalence in its thinking about its powerful neighbor to the south.
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