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The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763$
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Paul W. Mapp

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833957

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838945_Mapp

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Old Visions and New Opportunities

Old Visions and New Opportunities

Britain and the Spanish Empire at the End of the Seven Years' War

(p.413) 15 Old Visions and New Opportunities
The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763

Paul W. Mapp

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Henry Ellis, who has made occasional appearances in earlier chapters of this book. Like Arthur Dobbs, Ellis was one of those second-tier figures of eighteenth-century British imperial history who frequently influenced or exemplified important historical developments. In a sparkling 1970 essay, John Shy used Ellis to help illuminate the “spectrum of imperial possibilities” following the Seven Years' War. In this book, Ellis has spoken confidently of the great islands of necessity existing in the North Pacific. He has participated in the 1746–1747 British expedition in search of a Northwest Passage from Hudson Bay, and his account of the voyage, and the continuing openness to the existence of the passage it exhibited, seems to have been one of the key documents that alarmed late 1740s and early 1750s French officials with the scale of British ambitions.

Keywords:   Henry Ellis, Arthur Dobbs, British imperial history, John Shy, Northwest Passage

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