The European Invasion of North America
Colonial Conflict Along the Hudson-Champlain Corridor, 1609–1760
by Michael G. Laramie
April 2012, 567pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39737-0
$75, £58, 66€, A103
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About 400 years ago, Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson led separate expeditions to explore the waters of the valleys now known by their names. A century and a half later, the conflict between France and England for control of that region came to a head, with a war that determined the fate of the region, the continent, and two empires as well.

This comprehensive resource follows the pivotal and often overlooked efforts of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Dutch, the French, and the English colonies to control the strategic waterways of the Hudson-Champlain corridor from their discovery to the fall of New France.

From Champlain and Hudson’s initial voyages some 400 years ago, to the surrender of Montreal in 1760, The European Invasion of North America: Colonial Conflict Along the Hudson – Champlain Corridor, 1609–1760 offers unprecedented coverage of the 150-year struggle between New World rivals along this natural invasion route—a struggle which would ultimately determine the destiny of North America.

Unlike other volumes on this period, The European Invasion of North America includes extensive coverage from the French and Dutch as well as British perspectives, examining events in the context of larger colonial confrontations. Drawing on hundreds of firsthand accounts, it recaps political maneuvers and blunders, military successes and failures, and the remarkable people behind them all: cabinet ministers in Paris, Amsterdam, and London; colonial leaders such as Stuyvesant, Frontenac, and Montcalm; shrewd diplomats of the Iroquois Confederacy; and soldiers and families on all sides of the conflict. It also highlights the growing friction between Britain and her American colonies, which would soon lead to a different war.


  • 39 chronologically organized chapters ranging from the founding of New France to the conclusion of the French and Indian War 150 years later
  • 300 primary sources, including letters, journal entries, official diplomatic and military correspondence, and other firsthand accounts
  • Biographical sketches of key figures, including Stuyvesant, Frontenac, Shirley, Vaudreuil, Loudoun, Montcalm, and Amherst
  • 30 maps and illustrations showing the principal figures, and the changing boundaries and the progress of major armed conflicts in the Champlain-Hudson Valleys
  • A comprehensive index
Michael G. Laramie is an independent historian with a focus on the colonial conflicts of North America. He served with Air Force reconnaissance squadrons in both the European and Middle East theaters before attending the University of Arizona. He has previously written for The Journal of America's Military Past, and his article entitled "The French Fleet and the Contest for the Control of Lake Champlain, 1742–1760," will appear in a forthcoming issue of Vermont History: The Journal of the Vermont Historical Society.


"Overall, this is a very worthwhile work. It seems clear that much work went into including the details of names and numbers along with extensive descriptions of works constructed by the combatants and the terrain involved in key events. Even with the level of detail, the book reads well and one does not get a feeling of getting bogged down. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in this topic or in colonial operations in this period in general."—The Journal of America's Military Past, November 4, 2013

"Appropriate for circulating collections at larger public and academic institutions and for smaller collections (including in high schools) where there is a need or interest."—Library Journal, September 15, 2012
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