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As Colin Calloway reveals in this superb history, the Treaty set in motion a cascade of unexpected consequences. Indians and Europeans, settlers and frontiersmen, all struggled to adapt to new boundaries, new alignments, and new relationships. Britain now possessed a vast American empire stretching from Canada to the Florida Keys, yet the crushing costs of maintaining it would push its colonies toward rebellion. White settlers, free to pour into the West, clashed as never before with Indian tribes struggling to defend their way of life. In the Northwest, Pontiac's War brought racial conflict to its bitterest level so far. Whole ethnic groups migrated, sometimes across the continent: it was 1763 that saw many exiled settlers from Acadia in French Canada move again to Louisiana, where they would become Cajuns. Calloway unfurls this panoramic canvas with vibrant narrative skill, peopling his tale with memorable characters such as William Johnson, the Irish baronet who moved between Indian campfires and British barracks; Pontiac, the charismatic Ottawa chieftain whose warriors, for a time, chased the Europeans from Indian country; and James Murray, Britain's first governor in Quebec, who fought to protect the religious rights of his French Catholic subjects.
Most Americans know the significance of the Declaration of Independence or the Emancipation Proclamation, but not the Treaty of Paris. Yet 1763 was a year that shaped history just as decisively as 1776 or 1862.
Narrated by Simon Vance. Unabridged. 6 CDs.
|Format: Compact disc|
Vendor: Tantor Media
Publication Date: 2006
|Dimensions: 5.39 X 6.41 X 1.06 (inches)|
TooniDes MoinesGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 21, 2011TooniDes MoinesGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Filled with excellent info on Colonial America! Definitely worth the purchase.
CarrieVirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5May 12, 2010CarrieVirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleThis is a phenomenal audio book. If you have any interest in the French-Indian Wars or the era just prior to the American Revolution, this is a must-read, or in this case a must-listen book! The research that had to have gone into writing this compendium makes my head spin. The author balances both historical facts of well known with those of the little known and includes enough personal stories, shared through the eyes of those who lived it, that the book is never dull. The narrator for the audio version is excellent. This book, while told primarily through the British viewpoint, also includes the American and the viewpoints of leaders of various tribes of Native Americans. It is extremely well-balanced and also includes information on the Spanish and French American influences in the middle and western parts of America, which is often overlooked in colonial literature, which often focuses upon the coastal English. This book should delight both the historian and the historical fiction writer whose work is set in this time period.