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What were the causes of the War of the League of Augsburg in the American colonies?

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mark222 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted October 23, 2012 at 11:25 PM via web

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What were the causes of the War of the League of Augsburg in the American colonies?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 24, 2012 at 5:23 AM (Answer #1)

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The War of the League of Augsburg was known as King William's War to the British American colonists. Its causes lay in complex Native American diplomatic rivalries and the frequent exchange of raids along the frontier. The governor of New France, the comte de Frontenac, escalated the conflict by sending several raids deep into the New England countryside, destroying towns and trading posts, killing and enslaving local populations, and striking fear in the New England settlers' hearts. New Englanders responded by capturing the French town of Port Royal, but the raids continued. Interestingly, historian Mary Beth Norton's book In the Devil's Snare recasts the Salem Witch Trial in light of the terror and near-anarchy that prevailed in the Maine countryside in particular. 

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