Chasing Empire Across the Sea: Communications and the State in the French Atlantic, 1713-1763

Chasing Empire Across the Sea: Communications and the State in the French Atlantic, 1713-1763

by Kenneth Banks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0773531602

ISBN-13: 9780773531604

Pub. Date: 07/28/2006

Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press

Drawing on a vast array of official correspondence, merchant's letters, ship's logs, and graphic material from archives and research libraries in Canada, France, and the United States, Kenneth Banks details how France, as the most powerful nation on the Continent and possessing a tradition of maritime interest in the Americas and West Africa dating back to the…  See more details below

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Drawing on a vast array of official correspondence, merchant's letters, ship's logs, and graphic material from archives and research libraries in Canada, France, and the United States, Kenneth Banks details how France, as the most powerful nation on the Continent and possessing a tradition of maritime interest in the Americas and West Africa dating back to the earliest years of the sixteenth century, seemed destined to take a leading role in exploiting and settling the Americas and establishing posts in West Africa. That it largely failed to do so can be explained in large part by problems emanating from information exchange in an early modern authoritarian state. Banks provides a historical context for the role of communications in the development of the imperial nation-state and offers an Atlantic World perspective on the growing body of literature revising the historical role of absolutism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773531604
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Maps
Preface
A Note on Terms and Translations
Introduction3
1The Rise of the French Atlantic to 176314
2Proclaiming Peace in 1713: A Case Study43
3Sea and Land Connections65
4State Ceremonies and Local Agendas101
5Travel and Assembly, Disorder and Revolt127
6Merchant Networks and Imperial Dependence153
7Authority's Fragmented Voice184
Conclusion217
App. ASecretaries of State for the Marine223
App. BGovernors General and Intendants of New France224
App. CGovernors General and Intendants of the Iles du Vent225
App. DGovernors and Commissaires-Ordonnateurs of Louisiana227
Notes229
Bibliography269
Index313

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