America's origins are inextricably linked to warfare. In Struggle for a Continent, John Ferling tells the complex story of conquest and survival not only in the encounters between European settlers and the native peoples of North America, but also the North American wars among the great powers of Europe to win hegemony in America. While Professor Ferling's unflinching narrative recounts the heroism, anguish, terror, treachery, and barbarism of early American warfare, it also carefully addresses questions such as: the difference between the nature of warfare in America and that in Europe; who in the colonies soldiered in these wars; the changing role of the militia; and how warfare affected civilians. The author assesses the capabilities of America's amateur soldiers and Europe's professionals and examines the nature of Indian warfare. Finally Professor Ferling links the warfare of the colonial era to the American Revolution itself.
Foreword v Acknowledgments ix Chronology of Events xi Introduction 1 Chapter One. The European Invasion of America 9 The Opening Clashes 9 Struggle on the Chesapeake 17 Conflict in New England 27 Conflict in the Middle Colonies 39 The Final Round 43 Chapter Two. The European Struggle for America: Round One 61 The Origins of International Conflict 61 An Indecisive War 67 Queen Anne s War: Phase One, 1701-1708 79 One Success, One Failure: The End of Queen Anne s War 89 Chapter Three. The Struggle for America Resumes 101 Bloody Frontiers: New England 101 Bloody Frontiers: The South 103 The War of Jenkins Ear 111 Chapter Four. War in Eighteenth-Century America 118 Changing Views of War 118 The Technology of War 120 American Soldiers and Armies 123 King George s War 131 Chapter Five. The Anglo-American Triumph 143 Origins of the French and Indian War 143 An Undeclared War 146 War Is Declared 159 New Leadership, Mixed Results 170 Anglo-American Victory 187 Conclusion: Significance of America s Early Wars 202 Bibliographical Essay 210 Index 233 Maps xvi, 8, 138, 190