Colonial American Troops 1610-1774

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From the earliest English settlements the survival of the infant colonies in North America depended upon local militias. Throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries the burden of successive wars with the American Indians, and with the regular troops and militias of Britain's colonial rivals France and Spain, fell mainly upon locally raised volunteers. This first of a fascinating three-part study includes a general introduction and chronology, and chapters on Crown troops in North America; and begins a ...

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Overview

From the earliest English settlements the survival of the infant colonies in North America depended upon local militias. Throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries the burden of successive wars with the American Indians, and with the regular troops and militias of Britain's colonial rivals France and Spain, fell mainly upon locally raised volunteers. This first of a fascinating three-part study includes a general introduction and chronology, and chapters on Crown troops in North America; and begins a colony-by-colony review of militias and provincial units. The text is illustrated with rare early images and with eight specially commissioned full colour plates.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841763248
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/2/2002
  • Series: Men at Arms Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,017,352
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

René Chartrand was born in Montreal and educated in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including almost 20 Osprey titles and the first two volumes of Canadian Military Heritage. He lives in Hull, Quebec, with his wife and two sons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

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    Colonial American Troops 1610 - 1774 (1), is a recent Osprey Men-at-Arms (#366) by Rene Chartrand, with illustrations by David Rickman. In this book, Mr. Chartrand attempts to give a brief history of the military forces within the American colonies. This first of a three-volume set focuses on Virginia, New Sweden, and the New Netherlands. Not only does Chartrand investigate the colonial militias, he is also careful to highlight the presence of Royal and/or regular troops within the colonies. I found the book to very entertaining and informative, and thoroughly researched (despite the fact that he misspells my name as Tinsdale in the citations for his colour plates). It is highly appealing to see a work that touches on the seventeenth-century militias of the colonies, as these are often forgotten in the wake of works dealing with the French and Indian War, or the American War for Independence. Mr. Chartrand is obviously shrewd enough to realise that the provincial militias of the eighteenth-century cannot be fully understood without looking to their seventeenth-century origins. The colour plates show a great amount of detail, and are careful to illustrate some of the more unusual (i.e. archaic) aspects of the early military forces within Virginia, and the New Netherlands. The pictures, too, lend themselves well to the text, though I did find that those concerning the eighteenth century outnumbered those dealing with the seventeenth. However, that is forgivable, as seventeenth-century colonial America has been largely ignored by popular culture and the public interests.

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