A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion by John Mack Faragher

By John Mack Faragher

In 1755, New England troops launched into a "great and noble scheme" to expel 18,000 French-speaking Acadians ("the impartial French") from Nova Scotia, killing hundreds of thousands, setting apart innumerable households, and using many into forests the place they waged a determined guerrilla resistance. definitely the right of neutrality; to reside in peace from the imperial wars waged among France and England; have been one of many founding values of Acadia; its settlers traded and intermarried freely with local Mikmaq Indians and English Protestants alike. however the Acadians' refusal to swear unconditional allegiance to the British Crown within the mid-eighteenth century gave New Englanders, who had lengthy coveted Nova Scotia's fertile farmland, pretense adequate to release a crusade of ethnic detoxification on an important scale. John Mack Faragher attracts on unique examine to weave a hundred and fifty years of historical past right into a gripping narrative of either the civilization of Acadia and the British plot to spoil it. forty illustrations, 6 maps

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Some said that Martha and George married for love; others, that he just desired her money. For Martha, who turned down the financially more eligible (and obviously besmitten) Charles Carter in favor of George Washington, personal preference, even love, must have held some sway. George may not have known his own feelings. Martha was certainly a worthy match. Though not well-educated, she was intelligent, personally amiable, young, and physically attractive. But she was also very wealthy. And while most of her estate would go to her children if they survived—although it would take years to settle Daniel Custis’s complex legacy—George would be responsible for managing the entire estate.

Washington admitted no wrongdoing but nevertheless resigned his military commission after returning to Williamsburg. Afterward, he looked over his military accounts and discovered to his horror that he had either overspent on entertainment or lost some of his money to theft, for his purse was short a pound and six shillings. It was another minor embarrassment for an unhappy year. Forced—maybe for the first time in his life—to beg a friend for some petty cash to pay off his account, Washington returned to northern Virginia.

When Fort Necessity surrendered, the Virginians degenerated into a mob, breaking into the fort’s liquor supply and ignoring the imprecations of their shame-faced young commander. Washington admitted no wrongdoing but nevertheless resigned his military commission after returning to Williamsburg. Afterward, he looked over his military accounts and discovered to his horror that he had either overspent on entertainment or lost some of his money to theft, for his purse was short a pound and six shillings.

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