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By Eliga H. Gould

SHEAR publication Prize (2013), Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
George Washington ebook Prize Finalist
A Library Journal most sensible booklet of 2012

What does it suggest to be a treaty-worthy nation?  No query mattered extra to americans in 1776.  As Eliga Gould exhibits during this prize-winning booklet, the necessity for foreign attractiveness touched every little thing of the USA' early historical past -- from the drafting of the structure, to relatives among settlers and Indians, to the looming debate over slavery. 

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On the eve of the Seven Years’ War, Britain claimed that the cession included everything as far as the Saint Lawrence River, with a northern boundary that ran from a point opposite Quebec City to the eastern tip of the Gaspe Peninsula, while France confined the area under Britain’s jurisdiction to the town of Port Royal and a narrow strip on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Seaboard. 45 Although Acadians did not reject the treaty’s authority, On the Margins of Europe 27 their homeland’s disputed boundaries made it hard to avoid the appearance that they did.

64 The result was an image of the North American interior as a place distinct from Europe’s republic: one that was often beyond the reach of European treaties and where local customs sanctioned behavior on the part of both Indians and Europeans that would have been viewed with outrage had it occurred in Europe. Under such circumstances, Europeans claimed, war was the norm, and the peace that was the ordinary condition in relations between treaty-worthy nations in Europe became far more difficult to achieve.

In military and diplomatic encounters, which by definition occurred in the space between nations, moral sensibility alone often had to supply the compulsion that magistrates had the authority to enforce in disputes between members of the same nation. In a particularly vivid account taken from the capitulation of the British garrison on Minorca in 1782, the Annual Register made a point of noting the generosity of France’s and Spain’s soldiers as the ragged defenders left the citadel. ”32 Commanding officers tended to be especially important figures in such narratives.

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