Benedict Arnold: A Traitor in Our Midst

Overview

While most biographies of Arnold concentrate on his revolutionary exploits and subsequent treason, Wilson explores his role in Canadian history and the routes that brought him to Canada. He takes the reader into rural Quebec in the 1760s and 1770s when Arnold toured the area as a Yankee trader and goes behind the scenes in 1775-76 when Arnold's American forces almost captured Quebec after an amazing trek through the Maine wilderness. Wilson explores Arnold's business exploits in Saint John, New Brunswick, the ...

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Overview

While most biographies of Arnold concentrate on his revolutionary exploits and subsequent treason, Wilson explores his role in Canadian history and the routes that brought him to Canada. He takes the reader into rural Quebec in the 1760s and 1770s when Arnold toured the area as a Yankee trader and goes behind the scenes in 1775-76 when Arnold's American forces almost captured Quebec after an amazing trek through the Maine wilderness. Wilson explores Arnold's business exploits in Saint John, New Brunswick, the emerging Loyalist port town where for six years Arnold commanded an international trading network before returning to England. Written for those interested in unexpected tales from Canada's colourful history, Benedict Arnold follows Arnold's life from the battlefields of New England to the siege of Quebec, from the high seas to the day-to-day details of running a trading company in Saint John. Wilson offers a detailed, sometimes sympathetic, portrait of this controversial and complex man.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773521506
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,472,590
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
1 Young Trader, Canadian Connections 3
2 The Rustle of Revolutionary Winds 18
3 Arnold the Revolutionary 32
4 Preparing to Invade Canada 42
5 The March through Maine I 52
6 The March through Maine II: America's Hannibal 62
7 Quebec Awaits 78
8 The Battle for Quebec 101
9 Siege and Retreat 111
10 Heroics and Enemies Within 130
11 Politics and Treason 145
12 The Streets of Saint John 164
13 Born-Again Trader 183
14 Arnold vs the Lawyers 191
15 After New Brunswick 217
Epilogue 237
Notes 239
Index 265
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