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King William’s War (Hardback)

The First Contest for North America, 1689–1697


By Michael G. Laramie
Imprint: Westholme
Pages: 322
Illustrations: 35
ISBN: 9781594162886
Published: 10th January 2018


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While much has been written on the French and Indian War of 1754-1763, the colonial conflicts that preceded it have received comparatively little attention. Yet in King William’s War, the first clash between England and France for control of North America, the patterns of conflict for the next seventy years were laid, as were the goals and objectives of both sides, as well as the realisation that the colonies of the two nations could not coexist. King William’s War actually encompassed several proxy wars being fought by the English and the French through their native allies. The Beaver Wars was a long running feud between the Iroquois Confederacy, New France, and New France’s native allies over control of the lucrative fur trade. Fuelled by English guns and money, the Iroquois attempted to divert the French fur trade towards their English trading partners in Albany, and in the process gain control over other Indian tribes. To the east the pro-French Wabanaki of Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick had earlier fought a war with New England, but English expansion and French urgings, aided by foolish moves and political blunders on the part of New England, erupted into a second Wabanaki War on the eve of King William’s War. Thus, these two conflicts officially became one with the arrival of news of a declaration of war between France and England in 1689. The next nine years saw coordinated attacks, including French assaults on Schenectady, New York, and Massachusetts, and English attacks around Montreal and on Nova Scotia. The war ended diplomatically, but started again five years later in Queen Anne’s War. A riveting history full of memorable characters and events, and supported by extensive primary source material, King William’s War: The First Contest fro North America, 1689–1697 by Michael G. Laramie is the first book-length treatment of arguably the most important war to the future of North America.

This is a compelling account of an unfamiliar conflict, and is one of those books that successfully immerses you in a very different world.

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History of War

The reign of King William and Queen Mary has been strangely neglected when it was the pivotal point in the development of the British Empire and the dominance at sea of the Royal Navy. This new book corrects the omission with a stylish review of what could be described as the first global war. – Very Highly Recommended

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Laramie's straightforward, well-organised effort should interest readers with a taste for colonial history and detail marital narratives.

Publishers Weekly

About Michael G. Laramie

MICHAEL G. LARAMIE is the author of King William’s War: The First Contest for North America, 1689–1697 (Westholme 2017), winner of the New York Society of Colonial Wars Annual Book Award, Gunboats, Muskets, and Torpedos: Coastal North Carolina, 1861–1865 (Westholme 2020), and By Wind and Iron: Naval Campaigns in the Champlain Valley, 1665–1815 (Westholme 2014). He lives with his family in Arizona.

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