The French and Indian War is over for the colonies and Great Britain is the big winner. But how to pay for it all? How to tend to it all? The British have the answers, or at least they think they do. After a major conflict with Native Americans, a new government in London sets the empire on a new course, designed to benefit all and organize the now massive holdings in North America. Also, trying something new: adding a few bumpers in there to break things up a bit. We’ll see.
Well here we are! The end of the French and Indian War. It is a bit of a longer cast, but not overwhelming, which is good. We see in this episode the fall of Montreal, the rise of King George III the fall of William Pitt and the rise of Great Britain to its preeminent role as global superpower. The ripples of this conflict will have a great impact on the rest of the eighteenth century, especially in North America.
Well, shoot. I’ve been radio silent for over a month. But back to the wilds of North America and the war that led to the War of Independence. In this episode, the tide definitely turns the British way. New commanders come and go under Pitt, but the Annus Mirabilis of 1759 sets the cities of the British Empire all a flutter. The French turn their attention to Europe, ultimately sealing the fate of their holdings, and citizens in North America.
Hello everyone. We interrupt this podcast for a link to another podcast of a radio show recorded here, in Chicago on WGN Radio. It is the Saturday Night Special with Amy Guth and yours truly is a guest. I didn’t come up with the name Rock Professor, but I like it. We will return the French and Indian War at the next post.
Another short cast, I’m sorry to say. Scripts are much harder for me to gauge, believe it or not. Though I’m starting to get a better feel for what a page of text will render. Now it is just a matter of doubling that.
As for the content this time around, we are in the year 1757. William Pitt is on the rise and pursuing his war strategy, but is Lord Loudoun the man for the job? Meanwhile the French attack Fort William Henry on the southern shores of Lake George and another George, Washington, gets a promotion, sorta.
Kind of a quick one this week, but as Lorne Michaels says, “the show doesn’t go on because it’s perfect, it goes on because it’s 11:30.” Also, this was a good little bridge to some bigger casts to come. In this episode, we take a look at some of the obstacles and challenges of waging a war with multiple governments who are, nominally anyway, part of ones empire. Throw in trying to cooperate and aid sovereign allies, things can get complicated really fast.
The History of the United States Podcast: Episode 30 The French and Indian War Part 3: Montcalm Rises
There was a bit of a hiatus due to work and play. We continue our look at the French and Indian War. The appointment of new commanders on both sides of the fighting bring about changes in the North American Theatre of the war, yet much remains the same, especially for the British. Happy Listening!