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Filled with unforgettable characters and maritime adventure, the incredible story of a forgotten war that shaped the fate of the United States—and the entire Western Hemisphere. In the early 18th century, the British and Spanish Empires were fighting for economic supremacy in the Americas.  Tensions between the two powers were high, and wars blossomed like violent flowers f Filled with unforgettable characters and maritime adventure, the incredible story of a forgotten war that shaped the fate of the United States—and the entire Western Hemisphere. In the early 18th century, the British and Spanish Empires were fighting for economic supremacy in the Americas.  Tensions between the two powers were high, and wars blossomed like violent flowers for nearly a hundred years, from the War of Spanish Succession (sometimes known as Queen Anne's War in the Americas), culminating in the War of Jenkins' Ear. This war would lay the groundwork for the French and Indian War and, eventually, the War of the American Revolution.  The War of Jenkins' Ear was a world war in the truest sense, engaging the major European powers on battlefields ranging from Europe to the Americas to the Asian subcontinent. Yet the conflict that would eventually become known as the War of Jenkins' Ear—a moniker coined by the 19th century historian Thomas Carlyle more than a century later—is barely known to us today.  Yet it resulted in the invasion of Georgia and even involved members of George Washington’s own family.  It would cost fifty-thousand lives, millions in treasure, and over six hundred ships. With vivid prose, Robert Gaudi takes the reader from the brackish waters of the Chesapeake Bay to the rocky shores of Tierra del Fuego.  We travel around the Cape of Good Hope and across the Pacific to the Philippines and the Cantonese coast, with stops in Cartagena, Panama, and beyond.  Yet even though it happened decades before American independence, The War of Jenkins' Ear reveals that this was truly an American war; a hard-fought, costly struggle that determined the fate of the Americas, and in which, for the first time, American armies participated.  In this definitive work of history—the only single comprehensive volume on the subject—The War of Jenkins’ Ear explores the war that established the future of two entire continents.


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Filled with unforgettable characters and maritime adventure, the incredible story of a forgotten war that shaped the fate of the United States—and the entire Western Hemisphere. In the early 18th century, the British and Spanish Empires were fighting for economic supremacy in the Americas.  Tensions between the two powers were high, and wars blossomed like violent flowers f Filled with unforgettable characters and maritime adventure, the incredible story of a forgotten war that shaped the fate of the United States—and the entire Western Hemisphere. In the early 18th century, the British and Spanish Empires were fighting for economic supremacy in the Americas.  Tensions between the two powers were high, and wars blossomed like violent flowers for nearly a hundred years, from the War of Spanish Succession (sometimes known as Queen Anne's War in the Americas), culminating in the War of Jenkins' Ear. This war would lay the groundwork for the French and Indian War and, eventually, the War of the American Revolution.  The War of Jenkins' Ear was a world war in the truest sense, engaging the major European powers on battlefields ranging from Europe to the Americas to the Asian subcontinent. Yet the conflict that would eventually become known as the War of Jenkins' Ear—a moniker coined by the 19th century historian Thomas Carlyle more than a century later—is barely known to us today.  Yet it resulted in the invasion of Georgia and even involved members of George Washington’s own family.  It would cost fifty-thousand lives, millions in treasure, and over six hundred ships. With vivid prose, Robert Gaudi takes the reader from the brackish waters of the Chesapeake Bay to the rocky shores of Tierra del Fuego.  We travel around the Cape of Good Hope and across the Pacific to the Philippines and the Cantonese coast, with stops in Cartagena, Panama, and beyond.  Yet even though it happened decades before American independence, The War of Jenkins' Ear reveals that this was truly an American war; a hard-fought, costly struggle that determined the fate of the Americas, and in which, for the first time, American armies participated.  In this definitive work of history—the only single comprehensive volume on the subject—The War of Jenkins’ Ear explores the war that established the future of two entire continents.

54 review for The War of Jenkins' Ear: The Forgotten War for North and South America 1739-1748

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mackay

    Of two minds about this book... On the one side, a necessary topic to highlight forgotten but crucial events that shaped the Western world, including the area that eventually became the infant United States. One the other side, a narrative that sometimes feels lost in the weeds, and one that is horrendously marred by, once again, impossibly bad copy editing. It's bad enough to run into these issues in a quickly written, meant-for-the-moment genre novel; to have such slipshod work affect a piece of Of two minds about this book... On the one side, a necessary topic to highlight forgotten but crucial events that shaped the Western world, including the area that eventually became the infant United States. One the other side, a narrative that sometimes feels lost in the weeds, and one that is horrendously marred by, once again, impossibly bad copy editing. It's bad enough to run into these issues in a quickly written, meant-for-the-moment genre novel; to have such slipshod work affect a piece of important scholarship is unforgivable. And yes, I cannot help that sloppy book production affects my reaction to the contents, for such problems always lead to the deeper question: if the language is off, is the scholarship?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Gorshe

    This is a fascinating read about the people leading naval fights over the New World between England and Spain providing roots of the American Revolution and fun facts including explaining how Mt Vernon was named. Reading this while traveling between St. Augustine and Ruatan is so stimulating. This is a study of human nature as well as what was lacking before public health!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Haroon Majoka

    Nice book

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    Kirk

    A bit tedious in the details, but an interesting bit of history and why countries go to war.

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