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Fort Ticonderoga, the allegedly impenetrable star fort at the southern end of Lake Champlain, is famous for its role in the French and Indian War. But many other one-of-a-kind forts were instrumental in staking out the early American colonial frontier. On the 250th anniversary of this often-overlooked conflict, this volume musters an impressive range of scholars who tackle the lesser-known but nonetheless historically significant sites from barracks to bastions. Civilian, provincial, or imperial, the fortifications covered in this book range from South Carolina's Fort Prince George to Fort Frontenac in Ontario and to Fort de Chartres in Illinois.

These forts were built during the first serious arms race on the continent, as Europeans and colonists struggled to control the lucrative fur trade routes of the northern boundary. The contributors to this volume reveal how the French and British adapted their fortification techniques to the special needs of the North American frontier. By exploring the unique structures that guarded the borderlands, this book reveals much about the underlying economies and dynamics of the broader conflict that defined a critical period of the American experience.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. French and Indian War Chronology, 1750–1765
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Clash of Empires
  2. pp. 9-16
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  1. 2. Forts on the Frontier: Adapting European Military Engineering to North America
  2. pp. 17-51
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  1. 3. Fort Prince George, South Carolina
  2. pp. 52-68
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  1. 4. Fort Loudoun, Tennessee: Defensive Features and Artifactual Remains
  2. pp. 69-83
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  1. 5. Fort Dobbs, North Carolina: How Documents and Artifacts Led to Rebuilding the Fort
  2. pp. 84-101
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  1. 6. Fort Loudoun, Virginia: A French and Indian War Period Fortification Constructed by George Washington
  2. pp. 102-121
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  1. 7. The Second Fort Vause: A Crucial French and Indian War Fort in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia
  2. pp. 122-138
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  1. 8. “To Preserve the Forts, and the Families Gathered into Them”: Archaeology of Edwards’s Fort, Capon Bridge, West Virginia
  2. pp. 139-157
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  1. 9. Fort Loudoun: A Provincial Fort on the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania Frontier
  2. pp. 158-173
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  1. 10. Style Wars in the Wilderness: The Colonial Forts at Crown Point
  2. pp. 174-190
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  1. 11. Fort Frontenac, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  2. pp. 191-215
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  1. 12. Michilimackinac, a Civilian Fort
  2. pp. 216-228
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  1. 13. War and the Colonial Frontier: Fort de Chartres in the Illinois Country
  2. pp. 229-240
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 241-254
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 255-260
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 261-286
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 287-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-303
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813048581
Related ISBN
9780813049069
MARC Record
OCLC
863157961
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2013-12-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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