The Raising of American Troops for Service in the West Indies during the War of Austrian Succession, 1740–1

TitleThe Raising of American Troops for Service in the West Indies during the War of Austrian Succession, 1740–1
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsSyrett, David
JournalHistorical Research
Volume73
Issue180
Pagination20–32
Abstract

The War of Austrian Succession began under the pretext that Maria Theresa was ineligible to succeed to the Habsburg thrones of her father, Charles VI, because Salic law precluded royal inheritance by a woman. It was actually a power struggle between European powers fought both on the Continent and in the American hemisphere and set the stage for the Seven Years War (1756-1763). Britain and Spain fought an amphibious battle at Cartagena Columbia in 1741, which resulted in a heavy defeat for the British, who had hoped to open a door into gaining control over Spain's American empire. This article is an account of the raising and dispatch to the West Indies of a regiment of troops recruited in the American colonies for Britain's Vernon–Cathcart expedition to Cartagena on the Spanish Main.

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