Scratch of a Pen 1763 and the Transformation of North America

ISBN-10: 0195300718
ISBN-13: 9780195300710
Edition: 2005
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Description: In February 1763, Britain, Spain, and France signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the French and Indian War. In this one document, more American territory changed hands than in any treaty before or since. As the great historian Francis Parkman wrote,  More...

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Book details

List price: $74.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

In February 1763, Britain, Spain, and France signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the French and Indian War. In this one document, more American territory changed hands than in any treaty before or since. As the great historian Francis Parkman wrote, "half a continent...changed hands at the scratch of a pen." 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 withIndian 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, wherethey 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 our history just as decisively as 1776 or 1862. This captivating book shows why.

Editor's Note
Acknowledgments
1763 Timeline
Introduction: War, Peace, and Revolution
America and Americans in 1763
Contested Lands
Land and Freedom in Indian Country
Emigrants and Settlers
Speculators
The First War of Independence
Pontiac's War
The Settlers' War
The Redcoats' War
Setting Boundaries
A Line in the Mountains
The Treaty of Augusta and the Southern Indians
Endings and Endurance in French America
Quebec
The Interior French
Louisiana Transfer and Mississippi Frontier
A New Order in Lower Mississippi Indian Country
Lingering French and Reluctant Spanish
Frontier Defenses and Indian Power in the West
Exiles and Expulsions
Leaving Florida
Jesuit Expulsion and Acadian Reunion
Epilogue: A Tale of Two Treaties
Notes
Index

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