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The Fall of New France

How the French lost a North American empire 1754-1763

Two great empires collided in North America in the 1750s when France and Great Britain (with the eager support of Britain’s American colonies) contested control of the Ohio Valley and Nova Scotia. We live with the outcome of this conflict today. It set the stage for a bilingual Canada with an English majority, for the emergence of the independent United States, and for the long decline in influence and power of aboriginal nations.

In this handsome book extensively illustrated with paintings, sketches, and colour photographs of important sites and artifacts relating to the war, historian Ron Dale offers a narrative encompassing all sides of the conflict and important sites and fortifications. Key to his narrative are Acadia, Louisbourg, Quebec, Montreal, and military forts such as Fort George and Fort Niagara.

He also profiles key figures in the conflict. Best-known is British General James Wolfe, a daring hero of the campaigns in the Scottish highlands and Louisbourg’s capture, but strangely petulant and indecisive in the face of Quebec’s invincible fortifications. Wolfe lays waste to 1,400 farms and 23 villages along the St. Lawrence to show his displeasure. Inside Quebec’s walls, the French General Louis-Joseph Montcalm argues bitterly with civilian leaders over tactics while despairing over the antics of Canada’s home-grown aristocracy.

Reflecting the extensive recent work of historians in Canada and the U.S. who have learned much about the conflict and the combatants, this book demonstrates that the history of North America is far more interesting than it ever seemed to be in school.


Ronald J. Dale

RONALD J. DALE is a historian and the Superintendent of Niagara National Historic Sites, including Fort George and Brock's Monument. He is the author of Niagara-on-the-Lake: Its Heritage and Its Festival, The Invasion of Canada: Battles of the War of 1812

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Sets up the background information to really understand the fall of new france through looking at The New World, King William’s War 1689-1697, Queen Anne’s War 1701-1713, King … 8 $0.80


Looks at the English Colonies, New France, their rival claims in the Ohio Valley, and the "Assassination" of Jumonville 8 $0.80


Looks at the beginnings of the conflict, the underlying tensions between England and France, the population disparity between english colonials and French Canada. Specifically looks at training … 17 $1.70


Separates the Frontier War of 1756 into Preparations for the campaign, Oswego (Montcalm’s first victory), Native Warfare, and reorganization in the English Colonies 7 $0.70


Explains the construction of Fort William Henry, the first siege of the fort and the massacre 7 $0.70


Looks at Louisbourg, Fort Carillon, Fort Frontenacm, The Fall of Fort Duquesne, Montcalm’s Dilemma to explain what lead to French defeat 12 $1.20


Outlines the siege of Quebec, the capture of lake Champlain, the Fall of Niagara, Bombardment of Quebec, the collatoral damage of the conquest 15 $1.50


Examines the bitter winter, winter warfare, the decision to attack Quebec, the Habitants, the second battle of the Plains of Abraham, Murray’s advance to Montreal, The fall of Ile-aux-Noix, … 13 $1.30


Overview of the road to revolution through examining the end of the seven years war, the Native struggle for Sovereignty, the reduction of gifts, the Delaware Prophet, the 1763 uprising, the … 10 $1.00


There are many letters, journals and other eyewitness accounts of the French and Indian War. The following represents a sampling of what can be gleaned from these documents. 4 $0.40