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A report written in September 1759 by a British army officer commenting on developments in the Seven Years War
(Catalogue ref: WO 55/283)
Catalogue ref: WO 55/283; report from the Seven Years War, 1759
How to use this source
Study this source carefully. Different parts of the source will contain clues about why the British became empire builders in North America. As you study the source, ask yourself:
  • How many British troops are in North America, according to this letter?
  • What does this tell you about how important America was to the British?
  • Whom do you think the British were fighting?
  • Does this source provide any clues about the reasons why the British were in North America?
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