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Remaking the British AtlanticThe United States and the British Empire after American Independence$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199640355

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640355.001.0001

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Empires of Righteousness

Empires of Righteousness

Native Americans, Enslaved Africans, and Indians

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(p.193) 10 Empires of Righteousness
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Remaking the British Atlantic
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Peter J. Marshall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640355.003.0011

How they treated indigenous peoples was a matter for recrimination between Britons and Americans. During the war Native Americans generally sided with the British as did escaped slaves, some of whom the British shipped as free people to their colonies. After the war, American land hunger led to Indian wars and dispossession, whereas the British in Canada posed less of a threat to Native peoples. Trading in slaves was condemned widely on both sides of the Atlantic, but the British continued to export huge numbers of Africans, some going to the southernmost American states, where slavery flourished as it did in the British West Indies. Americans denounced British rule in India as rooted in oppression. Many British people had once thought so too, but after the war British opinion increasingly claimed that their Indian empire was based on benevolence.

Keywords:   War of American Independence, Native Americans, slaves, slave trade, West Indies, southern states, India

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