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A Half-Century of Conflict - Volume II   By: (1823-1893)

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A HALF CENTURY OF CONFLICT

BY FRANCIS PARKMAN

VOL. II

CONTENTS

CHAPTER XV.

1697 1741.

FRANCE IN THE FAR WEST.

French Explorers. Le Sueur on the St. Peter's. Canadians on the Missouri. Juchereau de Saint Denis. Bénard de la Harpe on Red River. Adventures of Du Tisné. Bourgmont visits the Comanches. The Brothers Mallet in Colorado and New Mexico. Fabry de la Bruyère.

CHAPTER XVI.

1716 1761.

SEARCH FOR THE PACIFIC.

The Western Sea. Schemes for reaching it. Journey of Charlevoix. The Sioux Mission. Varennes de la Vérendrye. His Enterprise. His Disasters. Visits the Mandans. His Sons. Their Search for the Western Sea. Their Adventures. The Snake Indians. A Great War Party. The Rocky Mountains. A Panic. Return of the Brothers. Their Wrongs and their Fate.

CHAPTER XVII.

1700 1750.

THE CHAIN OF POSTS.

Opposing Claims. Attitude of the Rival Nations. America a French Continent. England a Usurper. French Demands. Magnanimous Proposals. Warlike Preparation. Niagara. Oswego. Crown Point. The Passes of the West secured.

CHAPTER XVIII.

1744, 1745.

A MAD SCHEME.

War of the Austrian Succession. The French seize Canseau and attack Annapolis. Plan of Reprisal. William Vanghan. Governor Shirley. He advises an Attack on Louisbourg. The Assembly refuses, but at last consents. Preparation. William Pepperrell. George Whitefield. Parson Moody. The Soldiers. The Provincial Navy. Commodore Warren. Shirley as an Amateur Soldier. The Fleet sails.

CHAPTER XIX.

1745.

LOUISBOURG BESIEGED.

Seth Pomeroy. The Voyage. Canseau. Unexpected Succors. Delays. Louisbourg. The Landing. The Grand Battery taken. French Cannon turned on the Town. Weakness of Duchambon. Sufferings of the Besiegers. Their Hardihood. Their Irregular Proceedings. Joseph Sherburn. Amateur Gunnery. Camp Frolics. Sectarian Zeal. Perplexities of Pepperrell.

CHAPTER XX.

1745.

LOUISBOURG TAKEN.

A Rash Resolution. The Island Battery. The Volunteers. The Attack. The Repulse. Capture of the "Vigilant." A Sortie. Skirmishes. Despondency of the French. English Camp threatened. Pepperrell and Warren. Warren's Plan. Preparation for a General Attack. Flag of Truce. Capitulation. State of the Fortress. Parson Moody. Soldiers dissatisfied. Disorders. Army and Navy. Rejoicings. England repays Provincial Outlays.

CHAPTER XXI.

1745 1747.

DUC D'ANVILLE.

Louisbourg after the Conquest. Mutiny. Pestilence. Stephen Williams. His Diary. Scheme of conquering Canada. Newcastle's Promises. Alarm in Canada. Promises broken. Plan against Crown Point. Startling News. D'Anville's Fleet. Louisbourg to be avenged. Disasters of D'Anville. Storm. Pestilence. Famine. Death of D'Anville. Suicide of the Vice Admiral. Ruinous Failure. Return Voyage. Defeat of La Jonquière.

CHAPTER XXII.

1745 1747.

ACADIAN CONFLICTS.

Efforts of France. Apathy of Newcastle. Dilemma of Acadians. Their Character. Danger of the Province. Plans of Shirley. Acadian Priests. Political Agitators. Noble's Expedition. Ramesay at Beaubassin. Noble at Grand Pré. A Winter March. Defeat and Death of Noble. Grand Pré re occupied by the English. Threats of Ramesay against the Acadians. The British Ministry will not protect them.

CHAPTER XXIII.

1740 1747.

WAR AND POLITICS.

Governor and Assembly. Saratoga destroyed. William Johnson. Border Ravages. Upper Ashuelot. French "Military Movements." Number Four. Niverville's Attack. Phineas Stevens. The French repulsed.

CHAPTER XXIV.

1745 1748.

FORT MASSACHUSETTS.

Frontier Defence. Northfield and its Minister. Military Criticisms of Rev. Benjamin Doolittle. Rigaud de Vaudreuil. His Great War Party. He attacks Fort Massachusetts. Sergeant Hawks and his Garrison. A Gallant Defence. Capitulation. Humanity of the French. Ravages. Return to Crown Point. Peace of Aix la Chapelle.

APPENDIX.

A. FRANCE CLAIMS ALL NORTH AMERICA EXCEPT THE SPANISH COLONIES... Continue reading book >>


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