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""A Few Acres of Snow"": The Saga of the French and Indian Wars

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""A Few Acres of Snow"": The Saga of the French and Indian Wars

Robert Leckie

ISBN: 978-0-471-39020-6 September 2000 400 Pages

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"Leckie is a gifted writer with the ability to explain complicatedmilitary matters in layperson's terms, while sustaining the dramainvolved in a life-and-death struggle. His portraits of the keyplayers in that struggle . . . are seamlessly interwoven with hisexciting narrative." -Booklist"As always, [Leckie] describes themaneuvers, battles, and results in telling detail with a cinematicstyle, and his portraits . . . are first-rate."-The Dallas MorningNews"Leckie's accounts of battles, important individuals, and therole of Native Americans bring to life the distant drama of theFrench and Indian Wars."-The Daily Reflector

With his celebrated sense of drama and eye for colorful detail,acclaimed military historian Robert Leckie charts the long, savageconflict between England and France in their quest for supremacy inpre-Revolutionary America. Packed with sharply etched profiles ofall the major players-including George Washington, Samuel deChamplain, William Pitt, Edward Braddock, Count Frontenac, JamesWolfe, Thomas Gage, and the nobly vanquished Marquis deMontcalm-this panoramic history chronicles the four great colonialwars: the War of the Grand Alliance (King William's War), the Warof the Spanish Succession (Queen Anne's War), the War of theAustrian Succession (King George's War), and the decisive Frenchand Indian War (the Seven Years' War). Leckie not only providesperspective on exactly how the New World came to be such a fiercelycontested prize in Western Civilization, but also shows us exactlywhy we speak English today instead of French-and reminds us howeasily things might have gone the other way.
Partial Table of Content:

A CONTINENT IS DISCOVERED.

Christopher Columbus.

The Colonizing Contest Begins.

PRELUDE TO WARS.

Samuel de Champlain.

War in the Wilderness.

King Louis XIV of France.

Iroquois Revenge and King Philip's War.

WAR OF THE GRAND ALLIANCE, 1688-1697: (KING WILLIAM'S WAR).

Count Frontenac.

Frontenac and the Fur Trade.

Canada the Quarrelsome.

Sir William Phips Wins and Loses.

WAR OF THE SPANISH SUCCESSION, 1701-1714: (QUEEN ANNE'S WAR).

Anne Succeeds William.

WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION, 1740-1748: (KING GEORGE'SWAR).

The "Milishy" Take Louisbourg.

SEVEN YEARS' WAR, 1756-1763: (FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR).

George Washington.

Defeat and Death of Braddock.

Washington: Patriot, Planter, Politician.

Retribution.

Selected Bibliography.

Index.