The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony

The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony

America's War of Liberation in Canada, 1774-1776

Book - 2013
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Winner of the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond Book Award (2014)

In this dramatic retelling of one of history's great "what-ifs," Mark R. Anderson examines the American colonies' campaign to bring Quebec into the Continental confederation and free the Canadians from British "tyranny." This significant reassessment of a little-studied campaign examines developments on both sides of the border that rapidly proceeded from peaceful diplomatic overtures to a sizable armed intervention. The military narrative encompasses Richard Montgomery's plodding initial operations, Canadian partisan cooperation with officers like Ethan Allen, and the harrowing experiences of Benedict Arnold's Kennebec expedition, as well as the sudden collapse of British defenses that secured the bulk of the province for the rebel cause. The book provides new insight into both Montgomery's tragic Québec City defeat and a small but highly significant loyalist uprising in the rural northern parishes that was suppressed by Arnold and his Canadian patriot allies. Anderson closely examines the evolving relationships between occupiers and occupied, showing how rapidly changing circumstances variously fostered cooperation and encouraged resistance among different Canadian elements. The book homes in on the key political and military factors that ultimately doomed America's first foreign war of liberation and resulted in the Continental Army's decisive expulsion from Canada on the eve of the Declaration of Independence. The first full treatment of this fascinating chapter in Revolutionary War history in over a century, Anderson's account is especially revealing in its presentation of contentious British rule in Quebec, and of Continental beliefs that Canadiens would greet the soldiers as liberators and allies in a common fight against the British yoke.

This thoroughly researched and action-packed history will appeal to American and Canadian history buffs and military experts alike.
Publisher: Hanover, New Hampshire :, University Press of New England,, 2013, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781611684971
Branch Call Number: 971. 024 AND
Characteristics: xiv, 438 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Mar 25, 2015

Several books deal in places with this aspect of Canadian/U.S. history, and the Quebec government's publication of Sanguinet's journal of the Invasion is still online; I felt that this one was written from a less neutral standpoint than I had hoped. It appears that the title is not facetious but actually reflects the author's views. Read it, but read it with that in mind. And please, Fleury-Deschambault was never the seigneur of Longueuil; he was just the trustee for the (underage) seigneur Marie le Moyne!

Jul 09, 2014

An interesting thesis about a little reported on aspect of Canadian history. I found it a heavy read for summertime.

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