Historian Russell Bellico combines his signature lively narrative with contemporary accounts, archeological information, and a wealth of illustrations to present the military campaigns and forts in the Lake Champlain-Lake George-Hudson River Corridor, where the British and French fatefully struggled for control of a continent during the French and Indian War, 1754-1763.
Empires in the Mountains: French and Indian War Campaigns and Forts in the Lake Champlain, Lake George, and Hudson River Corridor
About the Book
Empires in the Mountains focuses entirely on the campaigns and forts along the Lake Champlain, Lake George, and Hudson River Corridor during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). It covers the epic battles of the war in the lake valleys, as well as the arduous task of building fortresses and warships in the wilderness of northern New York. Relying on original documents, the book provides a firsthand human dimension in recounting the extraordinary events of the war. Nicholas Westbrook, director-emeritus at Fort Ticonderoga, has suggested that, “Not since Francis Parkman . . . has the epic story of the ‘Warpath of Empire’ been told with such sweep and such rich detail.” Gary Zaboly, author of A True Ranger, called Empires “a commanding history . . . highly readable and authoritative, easily the best single book” on the subject.
About the Author
Russell P. Bellico is a professor emeritus at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. He is the author of Sails and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime and Military History of Lake George and Lake Champlain, Chronicles of Lake George, Chronicles of Lake Champlain, Empires in the Mountains: French and Indian War Campaigns and Forts in the Lake Champlain, Lake George, and Hudson River Corridor, and the editor of Life on a Canal Boat: The Journals of Theodore Bartley 1861-1889. Dr. Bellico has also written more than two dozen magazine articles on maritime history and has spent four decades researching the history of the two lakes and photographing historic wrecks.
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