Governor Henry Ellis and the transformation of British North America /
Edward J. Cashin.
Athens : University of Georgia Press, c1994.
xiii, 294 p. : 4 maps ; 25 cm.
0820315826 (alk. paper)
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Athens : University of Georgia Press, c1994.
0820315826 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-287) and index.
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Ellis, born of English antecedents in county Monaghan, Ulster, received a classical education, a sailor's apprenticeship, and valuable experience at sea in the North Atlantic where he recorded impressions of the British quest for the Northwest Passage. He became involved in the African slave trade, also maintained his interest in scientific inquiry, and was inducted into the Royal Society in 1750. Increasing his number of acquaintances, Ellis was appointed governor of Georgia where his diplomatic handling of the French, Spanish, and Indian problems on the frontier increased his prestige and position at court. The "Governor" as he was called for the rest of his career, returned to England in 1761 and there, because of his recognized expertise, became adviser to William Pitt, Lord Egremont, and Lord Halifax. He was apparently the inspiration for the passage of the Proclamation of 1763, which was designed to solve the Indian problems on North America's western frontier. Ellis retired from active service in 1768, but he maintained lines of communication with important officials. Cashin (Augusta College) provides readers with a documented tour de force of the life and times of this dedicated member of the British establishment. Upper-division undergraduate and up. J. D. Born Jr.; Wichita State University
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Table of Contents
List of Maps
A Monaghan Landp. 1
The Northwest Passagep. 12
Captain Henry Ellis, F.R.S., and the African Tradep. 33
The View from the Board of Tradep. 47
The Transformation of Georgiap. 59
Indian Affairsp. 73
International Affairsp. 95
The Halifax Initiativesp. 109
The Unfinished Campaignsp. 131
The Option for Americap. 150
The Transformation of British North Americap. 170
Echoes of the Proclamationp. 195
The Inevitable Separationp. 210
The Empire Securedp. 221
Epiloguep. 242
Notesp. 245
Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 289
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