Friday, 6 June 2014

Two World Wars of the 1700’s

Original post date: 3 Jun 2014

Military Week - 2

Seven Years’ War (1754–1763)

The Seven Years’ War, also called the French and Indian War, involved all the major powers in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, India, and the Philippine Islands. It was all about who will control the trade and who gets what colonies. After much burning and sacking, bloody battles, and between 900,000 to 1,400,000 deaths, the war ended with 4 treaties – The Treaties of St. Petersburg and Hamburg in 1762 and the Treaties of Paris and Hubertusburg in 1763.  It was the Treaty of Paris that gave all the lands, islands and coasts of New France, including Acadia, to the British.

Revolutionary War (1775–1783)

The American Revolutionary War involved not only the 13 colonies of the United States and England, but also France, Spain, The Netherlands, the India kingdom of Mysore, and Canada. The Americans were tired of paying to the British exorbitant taxes they deemed to be unlawful. After a militia raid on Quebec near the beginning of the war, Congress authorized an invasion, hoping to drive the British military from Quebec and enlisting the help of the French in their cause. A good many Americans were loyal to the British and later were given lands in Canada. These people were called the United Empire Loyalists. As a result of this war the Americans gained their independence from Britain.

Go to and search your ancestor's regiment name +muster rolls.

Relevant Links:

Seven Years' War journal of the proceedings of the 35th Regiment of Foot – 1757

Siege of Quebec 1759-60 (w/names of regiments – use left menu)

Frederick the Great of Prussia and the seven years' war

The muster rolls of three companies enlisted by the colony of RhodeIsland in May, 1746, for an expedition against Canada proposed by Great Britain

British Military and Naval Records - INDEX of names sorted by Company


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