Hostages to Fortune

Hostages to Fortune

The United Empire Loyalists and the Making of Canada

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"The dramatic journey of the United Empire Loyalists - their exodus from America, their resettlement in the wilds of British North America, and their defense of what would prove to be the social and moral foundation of Canada. In 1776, tensions in the British colonies were reaching a fever pitch. The citizenry was divided between those who wished to establish a new republic and those who remained steadfast in their dedication to the British Empire. As the tensions inevitably boiled over into violence, fault lines were exposed as every person was forced to choose a side. Neighbours turned against each other. Families divided. Borders were redrawn. The conflict was long and bloody, and no side emerged unscathed. When the smoke from the battles had settled, tens of thousands of individuals who had remained loyal to the crown in the conflict found themselves without a home to return to. Destitute, distraught, and ostracized - or downright terrorized - by their former citizens, these Loyalists turned to the only place they had left to go: north. The open land of British North America presented the Loyalists with an opportunity to establish a new community distinct from the new American republic. But the journey to their new homes was far from easy. Beset by dangers at every turn - from starvation to natural disaster to armed conflict - the Loyalists migrated towards the promise of a new future. Their sacrifices set the groundwork for a country that would be completely unlike any other. Neither fully American nor truly British, the Loyalists established a worldview entirely of their own making, one that valued steady, peaceful, and pragmatic change over radical revolution. The Loyalists toiled tirelessly to make their dream a reality. And as the War of 1812 dawned, they proved they were willing to defend it with their very lives."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. :, Simon & Schuster Canada,, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781451686098
Branch Call Number: 971.028 NEW 2016
Characteristics: xv, 255 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), genealogical table, maps ; 25 cm

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HowardWilliams
Dec 05, 2016

This is an excellent book for those not schooled here but who came as immigrants to Canada. Parts of it were a revelation. If I have one reservation it is that the parts played by First Nations get only a small mention in the book as a whole, though there is a heartfelt statement of how they were shafted by the English, in the section on the 1812 war.

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Nov 15, 2016

if you want details of the Jarvis family this is the book

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