Charting the Imperial Will: Colonial Administration & the General Survey of British North America, 1764-1775

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Charting the Imperial Will: Colonial Administration & the General Survey of British North America, 1764-1775

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dc.contributor.author Johnson, Alexander James Cook en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-06T16:07:28Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-21T11:08:22Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-29 en_US
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT: CHARTING THE IMPERIAL WILL Colonial Administration & the General Survey of British North America 1764-1775 This dissertation explores how colonial administrators on each side of the Atlantic used the British Survey of North America to serve their governments’ as well as their personal objectives. Specifically, it connects the execution and oversight of the General Survey in the northern and southern theatres, along with the intelligence it provided, with the actions of key decision-makers and influencers, including the Presidents of the Board of Trade (latterly, the Secretaries of the American Department) and key provincial governors. Having abandoned their posture of ‘Salutary Neglect’ towards colonial affairs in favour of one that proactively and more centrally sought ways to develop and exploit their North American assets following the Severn Years’ War, the British needed better geographic information to guide their decision making. Thus, the General Survey of British North America, under the umbrella of the Board of Trade, was conceived. Officially sponsored from 1764-1775, the programme aimed to survey and analyse the attributes and economic potential of Britain’s newly acquired regions in North America, leading to an accurate general map of their North American empire when joined to other regional mapping programmes. The onset of the American Revolution brought an inevitable end to the General Survey before a connected map could be completed. Under the excellent leadership of Samuel Holland, the surveyor general of the Northern District, however, the British administration received surveys and reports that were of great relevance to high-level administration. In the Southern District, Holland’s counterpart, the mercurial William Gerard De Brahm, while producing reports of high quality, was less able to juggle the often conflicting priorities of provincial and London-based stakeholders. Consequently, results were less successful. De Brahm was recalled in 1771, leaving others to complete the work. en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3458 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.rights.embargoreason This Dissertation has been formally accepted for Publication. Any free dissemination of this paper before the Embargo date of 1 September 2013 will be fatally injurious to the Book. en_GB
dc.rights The Author retains any and all Intellectual and Commercial Rights to the Present Document. Prior permission in writing must be obtained from the Author by any individual or entity who wishes to extensively quote, or to publish in Hard (Printed) Copy or to post on the Internet any portion of this Document for any purpose. en_GB
dc.subject Surveying en_GB
dc.subject Cartography en_GB
dc.subject Maps en_GB
dc.subject Colonial America en_GB
dc.subject Canada en_GB
dc.subject Politics en_GB
dc.subject Government Administration en_GB
dc.subject Great Britain en_GB
dc.subject Florida en_GB
dc.subject Maine en_GB
dc.subject Massachusetts en_GB
dc.subject Quebec en_GB
dc.subject Nova Scotia en_GB
dc.subject Newfoundland en_GB
dc.subject New Hampshire en_GB
dc.subject Rhode Island en_GB
dc.subject New York en_GB
dc.subject Whitehall en_GB
dc.subject Hillsborough en_GB
dc.subject Dartmouth en_GB
dc.subject Shelburne en_GB
dc.subject Samuel Holland en_GB
dc.subject William Gerard De Brahm en_GB
dc.subject American Revolution en_GB
dc.subject Forestry en_GB
dc.subject Prince Edward Island en_GB
dc.subject Cape Breton Island en_GB
dc.subject Vermont en_GB
dc.subject New Brunswick en_GB
dc.subject U.S. History en_GB
dc.subject Canadian History en_GB
dc.subject British Imperialism en_GB
dc.title Charting the Imperial Will: Colonial Administration & the General Survey of British North America, 1764-1775 en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2013-09-01T03:00:11Z
dc.contributor.advisor Black, Jeremy en_US
dc.publisher.department History en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle PhD in History en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_GB


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