Harpers' Popular Cyclopaedia of United States History from the Aboriginal Period; Containing Brief Sketches of Important Events and Conspicuous Actors Volume 1

Harpers' Popular Cyclopaedia of United States History from the Aboriginal Period; Containing Brief Sketches of Important Events and Conspicuous Actors Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...Meanwhile Captain Trent had recruited a company among the traders west of the mountains, and bad begun the erection of a fort at the folks of the Ohio, the site of Pittsburgh. They were attacked (April 18) by u party of French and Indians, w ho expelled Trent and his men, completed the fort, and named It Duquesne, in honor of the captain-general of Canada. New s of this event reached Washington at Will's Creek (now Cumberland). He pushed forward w ith one hundred and titty men to a point on the Mouongaliela less than forty miles from Fort Duquesne. There he was informed that a strong force of French nud Indians was marching to intercept him. He wisely fell back to the Great Meadow s, w here he erected a stockade, and called it Fort Necessity. Before it was completed, a few of his troops attacked an advanced party of the enemy under Ijumonville in the night, and the commander and several of his men were killed. Some of his captured men were sent to Governor Diuwiddie. Reinforced, Washington marched for Fort Duquesne'again, but was driven hack to Fort Neoessity, which he was obliged to surrender on the 3d of July. (See Fort Necessity.) Dinwiddie and the Virginia Assembly. D1NWIDDIE AND VIRGINIA ASSEMBLY 391 DIPLOMACY OF THE REVOLUTION Robert Diuwiddie, born in Scotland about 1G90; died at Clifton, England, Aug. 1,1770, was lieutenant-governor of Virginia from 1752 to 1757. He was rapacious, and unscrupulous in the accumulation of wealth. Owing to his exaction of enormous fees authorized by the Board of Trade for the issue of patents for lands, he gained the ill-will of the people of Virginia, and when he called for money to enable him to oppose the encroachments of the French, the House of Burgesses paid no attention to his expressed...show more

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  • Paperback | 690 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 35mm | 1,211g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236760549
  • 9781236760548