On this day

On this day in 1756, England enters the Seven Years’ War (called the French and Indian War in the colonies) against France, this was a global conflict fought between 1756 and 1763 involving every European great power of the time and spanned five continents, affecting Europe, the Americas, West Africa, India, and the Philippines, the conflict split Europe into two coalitions, led by the Kingdom of Great Britain (including Prussia, Portugal, Hanover, and other small German states) on one side and the Kingdom of France (including the Austrian-led Holy Roman Empire, the Russian Empire, Bourbon Spain, and Sweden) on the other meanwhile, in India, the Mughal Empire, with the support of the French, tried to crush a British attempt to conquer Bengal, Saratoga based on its location along strategic waterways and on the front line in war as thousands of soldiers, and their Indian allies, battled back and forth along the waterway for five years before the British finally won the war and, with it, title to all French holdings in Canada; in 1776, Colonel Riedesel, who had been appointed commander of the auxiliary troops of Brunswick, received his commission as Major General and instructions; in 1781, the USS Saratoga was in a fierce battle off the coast of England’s loyal province of East Florida, with the USS Saratoga capturing a British ship named the Tonyn, a 20-gun letter of marquee which had recently sailed from St. 130 more words

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Jumonville Glen

Unless you’re very interested in early American history, Jumonville Glen is probably not a place you’re familiar with. Located in what is now Fayette County, Pennsylvania, the quiet shaded glen was the site of one of the most significant — and troubling — events in our nation’s past, for it was here that theĀ  1,455 more words


Impact of the French and Indian wars

By Jared Olar
Library assistant

Last week we reviewed what Illinois was like during the latter 1600s, when the French first encountered the Illiniwek Confederation and began to explore and settle the Illinois Country. 944 more words

Artillery Demonstration

Fort William Henry Museum, 48 Canada St. Lake George, New York 12845. (518) 668-5471.


VIVAT 2017

VIVAT is a local Austrian historical wargames show. I didn’t make it last year due to real life intervening, but I attended this year. Generally, I’m not too happy with the location, as I don’t own a car and it’s difficult to get there by public transport. 274 more words

Autumn over Rattlesnake Mountain

Mount Defiance, Lake Champlain, 102 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York 12883. 518-585-2821.