In Search of Empire: The French in the Americas, 1670-1730
By: James Pritchard (author)Paperback
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The decades between 1670 and 1730 were the most formative in the history of the French colonies in the Americas. A sufficient number of migrants arrived from France and Africa to create settlements, establish economies of production, develop networks of exchange and trade, and adapt institutions of government and law to give substance and form to their resulting societies. Elusive Empire was the first full account of how during these years French settlers came to the Americas. It examines how they and thousands of African slaves together with Amerindians constructed settlements and produced and traded commodities for export. Bringing together much evidence, the author explores how the newly constructed societies and new economies, without precedent in France, interacted with the growing international violence in the Atlantic world in order to present a fresh perspective of the multifarious French colonizing experience in the Americas.
James Pritchard is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Queen's University. He is the author of Louis XV's Navy, 1748-1762 (1987), and Anatomy of a Naval Disaster (1995), which was awarded the Keith Matthews Prize by the Canadian Nautical Research Society and received a John Lyman Book Award from the North American Society for Oceanic History.
List of tables; Maps and graphs; Illustrations; Preface; Dates, weights, measures and currencies; List of abbreviations; Part 1: Colonies Formed: 1. Colonial populations; 2. Settlements and societies; 3. Production; 4. Trade and exchange; 5. Government and politics; Part 2: Colonies Defended: 6. The Franco-Dutch War in the Americas, 1672-8; 7. France and the Nine Years' War in the Americas; 8. The War of the Spanish Succession in the Americas; 9. Elusive empire; Appendices.
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