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1759: The Year Britain Became Master of the World by Frank McLynn

By Frank McLynn

If no longer for the occasions of 1759, the whole heritage of the area could were assorted. known as the "Year of Victories," 1759 was once the fourth 12 months of the Seven Years, or the French-and-Indian struggle and defeat of the French not just lead the way for the worldwide hegemony of the English language but in addition made the emergence of the USA attainable. Guiding us via England's conquests (and usually tremendous slender victories) in India, North the US, and the Caribbean, Frank McLynn (Wagons West) controversially means that the start of the good British Empire was once extra end result of the good fortune than of rigorous making plans. besides stirring depictions of the 2 maximum battles of 1759, Quebec and Quiberon, McLynn comprises anecdotes of the highbrow and cultural leaders of the day—Swedenborg, Hume, Voltaire—and interweaves fundamental resources, starting from fabric within the Vatican records to oral histories of local americans, in a super chronicle of a pivotal 12 months in international history.

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George Washington married Martha Dandridge Curtis, a wealthy, twenty-seven-year-old widow and mother of two, and proceeded to lose much of her fortune in unwise speculation in tobacco plantations. Tom Paine, later the famous radical critic, settled in Sandwich, Kent as a master stay-maker; in September he married Maria Lambert, but she died within a year. The composer Thomas Arne received an honorary doctorate in music from Oxford University. Benjamin Franklin received the honorary degree of LLD at St Andrew’s University and visited Edinburgh, where he met the doyens of the Scottish Enlightenment including David Hume, Adam Smith, William Robertson and Adam Ferguson.

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Plains of Abraham (© Hulton Archive) 29. Capture of Quebec (© Hulton Archive) 30. Death of Montcalm (© Hulton Archive) 31. Death of Wolfe (© Hulton Archive) 32. Robert Rogers of the Rangers (© Bettman/Corbis) 33. Rogers’ Rangers in action (© Corbis) 34. Admiral Hawke (National Maritime Museum, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection) 35. Battle of Quiberon Bay (National Maritime Museum, London) MAPS The Indian tribes of eastern North America, 1759 The campaign of Guadeloupe and Martinique, January-May 1759 The campaign for India, 1759 The St Lawrence campaign, June–September 1759 The Battle of Minden, 1 August 1759 Rogers’ Rangers’ raid on St Francis, October 1759 The Quiberon campaign, 14–20 November 1759 The Battle of Quiberon, 20 November 1759 PREFACE The year 1759 should really be as well known in British history as 1066, for this was when the British finally achieved the global supremacy they would maintain for at least another hundred years.

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