On this day in history . . .
For most people, this moment in time is not particularly special unless someone is celebrating a birthday or an anniversary. For our American neighbours, November 25th is three days before Thanksgiving Day and four days before Black Friday. Americans anticipate a week filled with good food, better company, and the best deals available. Many Canadians also look forward to shopping online or across the border.
Over two-hundred years ago, North America was a different place and time. European countries (including Britain, France, and Spain) and the Native Peoples have waged wars over land ownership. Two historically significant events occurred on November 25th are worth mentioning.
On Saturday, November 25, 1758, three years into the French and Indian War, General Forbes led the British troops to successfully capture Fort Duquesne from the French. Fort Pitt was named in honour of the English Prime Minister and first Earl of Chatham, William Pitt. The surrounding land where the fort resides would later become the City of Pittsburgh. Pictured below is a map of North America showing land ceded to Britain right after the French and Indian War.
For more information on the French and Indian War, here are some available titles:
A quarter of a century later, on Tuesday, November 25, 1783, The American Revolutionary War ended as the British withdrew from New York City. The British occupied the area for seven years. Americans gained victory and called this day, Evacuation Day. The Project Gutenberg eBook released on 2010 a digital copy of the (1883) title, "Evacuation Day", 1783, written by James Riker to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this epic day.
Here are three more titles on the American Revolutionary War:
Enjoy the week if you are shopping or celebrating the American Thanksgiving festivities.