King William’s War actually encompassed several proxy wars being fought by the English and the French through their native allies. The Beaver Wars was a long-running feud between the Iroquois Confederacy, New France, and New France’s native allies over control of the lucrative fur trade. Fueled by English guns and money, the Iroquois attempted to divert the French fur trade toward their English trading partners in Albany and in the process gain control over other Indian tribes. To the east the pro-French Wabanaki of Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick had earlier fought a war with New England, but English expansion and French urgings, aided by foolish moves and political blunders on the part of New England, erupted into a second Wabanaki War on the eve of King William’s War. Thus, these two conflicts officially became one with the arrival of news of a declaration of war between France and England in 1689. The next nine years saw coordinated attacks, including French assaults on Schenectady, New York, and Massachusetts, and English attacks around Montreal and on Nova Scotia. The war ended diplomatically but started again five years later in Queen Anne’s War.
King William’s War: The First Contest for North America, 1689-1697 by Michael G. Laramie is the first book-length treatment of a war that proved crucial to the future of North America.
The book is published by Westholme Publishing. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.
“The only modern study of King William’s War...written in a clear narrative style.” (Army History)
“Comprehensively researched.... The author’s precise writing style provides important contextual background.” (Choice)
“Straightforward, well-organized effort.” (Publishers Weekly)