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Colonial America and the Earl of Halifax, 1748–1761$
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Andrew D. M. Beaumont

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723974.001.0001

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The Albany Moment, 1753–55

The Albany Moment, 1753–55

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(p.127) 6 The Albany Moment, 1753–55
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Colonial America and the Earl of Halifax, 1748–1761
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Andrew D. M. Beaumont

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723974.003.0007

This chapter examines the conflict between crown and local interests in New York in 1753, and the leadership crisis following the appointment of Sir Danvers Osborn as governor. The chapter goes on to explore the governor’s response to the collapse of the Covenant Chain, culminating in the Albany Congress of 1754. The chapter challenges the accepted interpretation of the congress, proposing a new explanation in which Halifax’s plans for colonial uniformity were presented through the conference as being colonial in origin, so as to present apparent American support for his agency’s metropolitan-led goal of cross-colonial political reform.

Keywords:   New York, George Clinton, James De Lancey, Sir Danvers Osborn, Thomas Pownall, Iroquois Confederacy (Six Nations), Covenant Chain, Albany Congress, Inception

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