Friday, April 20, 2012

King George's War

From The Plains of Abraham:

In Paris there sat, locked in seeming interminable wrangle, the British and French commissioners who had been appointed to determine the rights and frontiers of their respective nations in this disputed territory. They had been at it for five years, ever since the signing of the Treaty of Aix la Chapelle in October 1748. This had terminated the War of the Austrian Succession, between Britain and Austria on the one side and France on the other. It is probably best remembered for the diversion attempted by the unfortunate Prince Charles Edward in Scotland during the abortive '45 insurrection, which ended so disastrously at Culloden, and for the Battle of Dettingen, in which George II was the last British monarch personally to lead his troops into battle. In America, where he was probably the only Hanoverian to be held in any respect, it was known as "King George's War."

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