King William's War: The First Contest for North America, 1689-1697

King William's War: The First Contest for North America, 1689-1697

by Michael Laramie

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Overview

Fought in New York, New England, and Canada, the conflict that began the long French and English struggle for the New World 

While much has been written on the French and Indian War of 1754-1763, the colonial conflicts that preceded it have received comparatively little attention. Yet in King William’s War, the first clash between England and France for control of North America, the patterns of conflict for the next seventy years were laid, as were the goals and objectives of both sides, as well as the realization that the colonies of the two nations could not coexist.
   King William’s War actually encompassed several proxy wars being fought by the English and the French through their native allies. The Beaver Wars was a long running feud between the Iroquois Confederacy, New France, and New France’s native allies over control of the lucrative fur trade. Fueled by English guns and money, the Iroquois attempted to divert the French fur trade towards their English trading partners in Albany, and in the process gain control over other Indian tribes. To the east the pro-French Wabanaki of Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick had earlier fought a war with New England, but English expansion and French urgings, aided by foolish moves and political blunders on the part of New England, erupted into a second Wabanaki War on the eve of King William’s War. Thus, these two conflicts officially became one with the arrival of news of a declaration of war between France and England in 1689. The next nine years saw coordinated attacks, including French assaults on Schenectady, New York, and Massachusetts, and English attacks around Montreal and on Nova Scotia. The war ended diplomatically, but started again five years later in Queen Anne’s War.
   A riveting history full of memorable characters and events, and supported by extensive primary source material, King William’s War: The First Contest for North America, 1689-1697 by Michael G. Laramie is the first book-length treatment of a war that proved crucial to the future of North America. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594162886
Publisher: Westholme Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2017
Edition description: 1
Sales rank: 808,489
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

MICHAEL G. LARAMIE is the author of The European Invasion of North America: Colonial Conflict Along the Hudson-Champlain Corridor, 1609-1760 and By Wind and Iron: Naval Campaigns in the Champlain Valley, 1665-1815 (Westholme 2014). He lives with his family in Arizona. 

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Preface xiii

Part 1 New Worlds, 1604-1688

1 The Beaver Wars 1

2 New France and New Netherland 21

3 The King's Hand 32

4 The French and the Five Nations 44

5 Rivals to the North 64

6 Denonville's Expedition 77

7 Acadia and New England 88

Part 2 Grand Alliance, 1689-1691

8 The Glorious Revolution 97

9 The Wabanaki and the Iroquois 104

10 Three Wars, One Name 114

11 The Reduction of Canada 129

12 Winthrop's Folly 151

13 The Battles of La Prairie 159

14 A Shifting Tide 175

Part 3 Attrition, 1692-1695

15 Disunity and Discord 187

16 The Mohawk Expedition 197

17 Missed Opportunities 204

18 Stalemate in the East 213

19 The Peace Offensive 222

20 Frontenac and the Onondaga 230

Part 4 Uncertain Peace, 1696-1697

21 The Fall of Pemaquid 241

22 Iberville 253

23 The War at the Top of the World 265

24 The Treaty of Ryswick 273

Conclusion: King William's War and the Future of North America 283

Notes 289

Bibliography 307

Acknowledgments 313

Illustration Credits 313

Index 315

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