In Search of Empire: The French in the Americas, 1670-1730

In Search of Empire: The French in the Americas, 1670-1730

by James Pritchard
     
 

The decades between 1670 and 1730 were the most formative in the history of the French colonies in the Americas. In Search of Empire is the first full account of how French settlers came to the Americas during these years. It examines how they and thousands of African slaves together with Amerindians constructed settlements and produced and traded commodities for… See more details below

Overview

The decades between 1670 and 1730 were the most formative in the history of the French colonies in the Americas. In Search of Empire is the first full account of how French settlers came to the Americas during these years. It examines how they and thousands of African slaves together with Amerindians constructed settlements and produced and traded commodities for export. Bringing together much new evidence, the author explores how the newly constructed societies and new economies, without precedent in France, interacted with the growing international violence in the Atlantic world in order to present a fresh perspective of the multifarious French colonizing experience in the Americas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521711111
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/23/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
514
Sales rank:
1,218,098
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Meet the Author

James Pritchard is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Queen's University. He is the author of Louis XV's Navy, 1748–1762 (1987), and Anatomy of a Naval Disaster (1995), which was awarded the Keith Matthews Prize by the Canadian Nautical Research Society and received a John Lyman Book Award from the North American Society for Oceanic History.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps and Graphs
List of Tables
Preface
Dates, Weights, Measures, and Currency
List of Abbreviations
Pt. 1Colonies Formed1
1Colonial Populations3
2Settlements and Societies72
3Production123
4Trade and Exchange189
5Government and Politics230
Pt. 2Colonies Defended265
6The Franco-Dutch War, 1672-1678267
7The Nine Years' War in America, 1688-1697301
8The War of the Spanish Succession in America, 1702-1713358
9Elusive Empire402
App. 1Estimated Population of French America by Race and Region, 1670-1730423
App. 2Slave Populations of the French West Indies, 1670-1730428
App. 3Provisional List of Colonial Administrators, 1670-1730432
Bibliography441
Index473

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