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Atlantic Politics, Military Strategy and the French and by Richard Hall

By Richard Hall

1755 marked the purpose at which occasions in the US ceased to be thought of subsidiary affairs within the nice overseas contention that existed among the colonial powers of significant Britain and France. This booklet examines the Braddock crusade of 1755, a phase of the broader ‘Braddock Plan’ that aimed to force the French from all the contested areas they occupied in North the US. instead of being an archetypal army history-styled research of basic Edward Braddock’s foray into the Ohio Valley, this paintings will argue that British defeat on the notorious conflict of the Monongahela can be seen as one who finally embodied army, political and diplomatic divergences and weaknesses in the British Atlantic international of the eighteenth century. those elements, in flip, hinted at transforming into schisms within the empire that might result in the breakup of British North the United States within the 1770s and the delivery of the longer term usa. Such an interpretation strikes clear of the realization so usually complex that Braddock’s Defeat used to be a quite, and mostly ‘British’, martial disaster; for this reason permitting the result of this pivotal occasion in American background to be understood in a distinct vein than has hitherto been apparent.

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33. See John Grenier’s analysis of the British campaign in the Scottish Highlands. John Grenier, The First Way of War: American War Making of the Frontier (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 107–111. 34.  Preston’s Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015) and Crocker, Braddock’s March.  Kopperman, Braddock at the Monongahela (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992) and Crocker, Braddock’s March.

Just as Virginia would quickly realize, access to such territories depended upon establishing a presence in the Ohio region, and Pennsylvania, with numerous internal demands for more land to accommodate its new immigrants, in addition to a burgeoning class of merchants who saw the region as an opportunity to exploit the lucrative Anglo-Indian fur trade that existed there (not forgetting those who foresaw immense land-speculation possibilities), was determined to press its claim to the Ohio territories.

Lawrence Henry Gipson, The British Empire before the American Revolution, VI, Years of Defeat, 1754–1757, 71. ” See Lee McCardell, Ill-Starred General: Braddock of the Coldstream Guards (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1958), 212. See James Henretta, Salutary Neglect: Colonial administration under the Duke of Newcastle (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1972); Jack P.  Greene, Negotiated Authorities: Essays in Colonial Political and Constitutional History (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1994).

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