Leisure Hours Volume 1

Leisure Hours 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. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...Captain De Controcoeur, of the French army, arrived from Venango with a fleet" of sixty bateaux, three hundred canoes, one thousand French and Indians, and eighteen pieces of cannon. Ensign Ward was in command of the Fort in the absence of Captain Trent, and De Contrecoeur issued a formal order upon Ward for the surrender of the works. Ward endeavored to gain time, by parleying; in hopes of the return of his superior who had only gone to Turtle Creek, But the demands of the enemy were imperative, and he was forced to surrender or make an efiort to hold the incomplete block-house, with his twe score of men, against a thousand of the enemy armed and equipped. He chose the former, and capitulated. De Contrecoeur then erected a. fort and named it Fort Duquesne, in honor of the Governor of Canada, the Marquis Du Quesne de Mendeville. He had made an easy conquest of the " Forks," but it proved a. dear one to his country; as it was the initiatory step to the inauguration of the nine years' war that deprived France of her hold in this country, from the Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico; and lost to her Canada and Nova Scotia and her possessions in India. and Africa. The point should be immortalized by this alone, to say nothing of its having alternately belonged to England, France, England again, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the United States. Fort' Duquesne was substantially built, well gar-risoned and held by the French until 1758, although in the interim it was the objective point of the Englhh, and several ineifeetual attempts were made to gain possession of it; the flit and most formidable of these was by Braddock, in July, 1755, and I might add, the most disastrous; but as I am not going to give a detailed military...show more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236892585
  • 9781236892584