- the thirteen colonies which became the USA were not the most valuable British possessions in America?
- Georgia was not the thirteenth but the fourteenth British colony in North America?
- despite the claims in the Declaration of Independence, George III was not a tyrant?
Information on these facts, and many many more, can be found in this fascinating and helpful A-Z guide. Colonial America's key events and personalities - from the first expedition to Roanoke Island in 1584 to the conclusion of the War of Independence - are readily accessible in this invaluable dictionary. Mary K. Geiter and W. A. Speck set the thirteen colonies which became the United States in an Atlantic context, dealing not only with the thirteen but also with Britain's other colonies in North America and the West Indies. The imperial connection is stressed too with entries on British monarchs and politicians, admirals and generals, Acts of Parliament and European wars which impacted on the American colonies.
Also featuring a Select Bibliography and full Chronology to aid learning, this wide-ranging, clear and authoritative text is an essential reference for students, scholars and anyone with an interest in British America.
Using this valuable and informative approach to the study of the American colonies, Geiter and Speck demonstrate how Britain and America shared a common history for nearly two hundred years.
The French and Indian War -the North American phase of a far larger conflagration, the Seven Years' War-remains one of the most important, and yet misunderstood, episodes in American history. Fred Anderson takes readers on a remarkable journey through the vast conflict that, between 1755 and 1763, destroyed the French Empire in North America, overturned the balance of power on two continents, undermined the ability of Indian nations to determine their destinies, and lit the "long fuse" of the American Revolution. Beautifully illustrated and recounted by an expert storyteller, The War That Made America is required reading for anyone interested in the ways in which war has shaped the history of America and its peoples.
While Nicholson overcame ordeals as a young military officer and achieved success as a colonial governor in America, he suffered set-backs and a re-call to England as he rose to prominence. His rise to fame was interrupted at the age of forty four years old in 1698 by his pursuit of the lovely Lucy Burwell who was sweet sixteen and courted by Edmund Berkeley, who succeeded in marrying her in 1702 to the dismay of Governor Nicholson.
After his re-call to England by Queen Anne in 1705 Nicholson was reinstated in 1710 with another position in the colonies, which led to the rank of Captain-General of the colonial army and title of “Governor of Governors” from 1714-to 1716. Upon the appointment of George I, a Whig, to the throne of England in 1714 due his affiliation with the Tory party, Nicholson was removed as a colonial governor in 1716, but received one final appointment to the governorship of South Carolina in 1721, which lasted until 1725.
While his ferocious temper produced many enemies, Nicholson’s patronage of religion and education, which involved donating funds for the repair or construction of at least seventy-one churches, schools, and royal government buildings in eleven colonies made him one of the crown’s more effective colonial servants.