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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1754-1764
|Maryland Gazette No. 524
|22 May 1755
|Newspapers and Magazines
|View of conduct of French in America
|Civil War French France French and Indian War Military History Global History and Civics Foreign Affairs
|French & Indian Wars; Government & Politics
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|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.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859