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Subject: Culloden & Louisbourg
From: "R. W. Tucker" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
Date:Wed, 19 Apr 1995 15:18:41 -0400

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     Re: the thread about the 250th anniversary of the Forty-Five and
Culloden: a Nova Scotia correlation that surprised me:
     Harvard Magazine recently ran an article on the 250th anniversary of the
1745 capture by New England troops of Fort Louisbourg, on Cape Breton. Now,
in the just-out May-June issue, p. 101f, it runs this letter from John
Fitzhugh Millar '66, Williamsburg, Va., which blames the entire Forty-Five on
French scheming (excerpts):
     "...The French government had been running up an enormous deficit since
about 1690...  In the 1740s, the finance and foreign ministers were the
brothers d'Argenson, and their plan to solve the deficit was to grab
Britain's colonies around the world. Accordingly, they gave enough money to
Bonnie Prince Charlie to invade Britain with over 100,000 troops (he actually
abandoned the army and went to Scotland with most of the money) and then made
sure the British knew that Charles was about to invade. British soldiers and
sailors were then called home from the colonies to defend the mother country,
so the French then struck. They captured most of British India, and they gave
over 30,000 troops to General the Duc d'Anville to conquer British
     Just thought you'd like to know.
     --Rob Tucker, Philadelphia

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