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The rise of the British empire - North America
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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)
  • This extract comes from a letter written on 11 September 1759. It sets out the various troop movements of the British forces in North America.
  • The fighting was between Britain and France for control of North America. It lasted from 1756-63 and so was known as the Seven Years War.
  • Britain eventually won this war. One of the decisive battles came in 1759. General Wolfe, mentioned in this letter, captured the French stronghold of Quebec.
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