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Collection Reference Number GLC08719
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1754-1764 
Title Maryland Gazette No. 524
Date 22 May 1755
Document Type Newspapers and Magazines
Content Description View of conduct of French in America
Subjects Civil War  French  France  French and Indian War  Military History  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  
Place written Annapolis, Maryland
Theme French & Indian Wars; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Immediately before the American Revolution, there were not just 13 British colonies in the New World; there were thirty, stretching from Guiana on the South American coast to Hudson Bay. Many people in Britain regarded the Caribbean as the most valuable portion of Britain's New World empire. Through the seventeenth century, the revenue produced in the West Indies was vastly greater than that produced by the mainland colonies. A single island, Barbados, had more people in 1676 than all of New England. By the mid-eighteenth century, however, the value of the mainland colonies both as a source of raw materials and as a market for British goods was becoming increasingly apparent. A Maryland newspaper, excerpting a report from an English magazine, offers a perspective on why the French and Indian war had begun and why the American colonies were worth protecting.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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