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By Colin G. Calloway

You'll by no means comprehend or comprehend the yankee Revolution until eventually you stopover at the interval past, particularly, The French and Indian warfare( 1754-1763 ). The battlegrounds of this warfare replaced the face of North the US and demonstrated the mettle of many destiny Independence heroes. Calloway, during this particularly short narrative, offers a great backdrop via his exhaustive learn, as evidenced through his various notes. The scenes major as much as the signing of the Treay of Paris in 1763 are brilliant and riveting. this can be a needs to learn for all who delight in this span of our early heritage.

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Tobacco was the colony’s sole cash crop, and when prices collapsed after the war, Washington and other Chesapeake planters plunged into debt. Explaining to friend-in-need Robert Stewart in April why he could not lend him £400, Washington said he had found his estate in “terrible circumstances” when he returned from the war. ” In fact, Washington was in debt to his London creditors to the tune of almost £2,000 in 1763. The Peace of Paris in February brought hopes for a change of fortune. The growing population of the colonies needed land in the West.

The events of 1763 rippled through the lives of countless Americans but the lives of America’s slaves went on as before. African slavery dwarfed other forms of servitude and was growing. One out of every five people in the British colonies was a slave, in an African population that was as ethnically mixed as that of the Europeans and the Indians, and was also divided between Creoles and people newly arrived from Africa. 32 The Scratch of a Pen They came primarily from the west coast of Africa—Senegambia, Sierra Leone, the Gold Coast, the Windward Coast, the Bight of Biafra, and Angola — although some came from as far away as Mozambique and Madagascar.

The Ojibwas, Ottawas, and Potawatomis, loosely joined in the Three Fires confederacy, represented one of the heaviest concentrations of Indian population in the Great Lakes; the British placed their warrior count in the Detroit region in 1763 at 150 Potawatomis, 300 Ottawas, and 320 Ojibwas, indicating a total population of more than 3,000 people. 47 St. Louis did not yet exist. There was no city at the junction of the Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois rivers. Only mounds and memories remained of the great Indian city that had flourished at Cahokia hundreds of years before.

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