Atlantic empires of France and Spain : Louisbourg and Havana, 1700-1763 /
John Robert McNeill.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1985.
xvii, 329 p. : ill., maps.
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1985.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. [287]-321.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-05:
In this fine example of comparative history, McNeill (Georgetown) demonstrates the interrelation of environment (population, geography, and natural resources) with the predominantly conservative, mercantilistic policies of the two 18th-century Bourbon powers, France and Spain. Lacking a large imperial navy, the two mother countries saw the ports of Louisbourg and Havana, astride strategic trade routes, as primarily offering economic advantage and playing only a limited and local defensive role. McNeill puts to rest the old idea of Louisbourg's fortress being the bulwark of French America. Both countries experienced limited success (the Spanish more, with their regulation of Cuban tobacco and sugar, than the French, with the North Atlantic cod trade) in directing the commerce of these ports for the benefit of the mother country. Well documented from major French, Spanish, British, and American archival holdings, the book also includes numerous tables that represent a careful and reasoned attempt to compile hard-to-find economic statistics for the two colonies. Extensive bibliography. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate collections.-D.C. Baxter, Ohio University
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