Anatomy of a Naval Disaster: The 1746 French Expedition to North America

Anatomy of a Naval Disaster: The 1746 French Expedition to North America

by James Pritchard

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Overview

Pritchard describes the domestic and international political circumstances in France that gave rise to the expedition, outlining strategy and politics in the context of colonial defence and continental ambition. He reconstructs the events that contributed to the failure of the expedition - human and institutional weakness, weather, spoiled provisions, disease, and the death of the commanding admiral. Anatomy of a Naval Disaster exposes the ambitions and frailties of men, the arbitrariness of success, and the limits of power in the eighteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773538740
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2011
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


James Pritchard is a member of the Department of History at Queen's University.

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