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Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars 1689-1763 (American Story (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2000
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"Partly filling the historical gap between their "New Americans: Colonial Times, 1620-1689" (1998) and "A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution "(1987), the Maestros examine King William's War, Queen Anne's War, The War of Jenkins' Ear, and other half-forgotten conflicts usually lumped together as the French and Indian Wars. Concluding that these wars were fought for economic control of North America and paralleled the first stirrings of a sense of national unity, the authors trace the growth of trade routes and other lines of communication. They also pay close attention to the wars' consistently lamentable effects on the Native America groups allied with either the French or the British forces. Though much of the fighting and strategic maneuvering took place in what is now Canada, the Maestros take their most widely angled views of territories that became part of the United States. With plenty of precisely drafted battle scenes, street plans, portraits, maps, and landscapes, plus a spread of additional information on topics as diverse as colonial money and the Iroquois League, they bring a formative era in our country's history into sharp focus for young readers."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)"In this richly illustrated title, the Maestros bring an important part of our country's history to life. Seventy-four years of events are chronicled in a running narrative that begins by explaining how four European nations fought over trade, borders, and religion, and competed for the North American continent. While Spain and the Netherlands withdrew almost immediately, England and France continued to fight for 70 more years in a series of confrontations. These battles arecovered in the text, as are the relationships that these two countries had with the Native American tribes. Full-page, double-page, and spot-art illustrations in pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil flow across the pages and extend the text. All are captioned. Several colorful maps are also included. Endnotes provide additional information on a few individuals, the Iroquois League, and life during the Colonial period. This accessible book fills a gap for young history buffs and report writers."--"School Library Journal""The Maestros bring history to life. . . .The text is a model of clarity, balance, and nuance. . . beautifully delineated pictures. . . A fine resource.?---"Booklist"
About the Author
Betsy Maestro is the author of the "American Story" series, illustrated by her husband, Giulio. She has also written several other non-fiction picture books, including the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out science books How Do Apples Grow? and Why Do Leaves Change Color? The Maestros live in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
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"The Struggle for a Continent" describes the battle for control over the North American Continent between France and Great Britain. Of particular note, Betsy Maestro does an admirable job of explaining the role of the Algonquin and the Iroquois Confederation in the ensuing wars. A better children's book on the French and Indian Wars would be hard to imagine. Betsy Maestro is a strong writer and the "Struggle for a Continent" has the potential to be classic in the children's historical non-fiction category. Along with all of the other volumes in "The American Story" series, this book is highly recommended.