Brown Bag, Online Event Rule Britannia: Imperial Patriots and the Siege of Louisbourg of 1745 1 October 2020.Thursday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM This is an online program Amy Watson, University of Southern California

In 1745, a group of New England volunteers who called themselves Patriots launched an expedition against the French fortress of Louisbourg, in present-day Nova Scotia. Who were these “Patriots”? What did they want with Louisbourg? And what can this incident tell us about British imperial politics in the mid-eighteenth century? This expedition reveals that the British Empire was dividing on sharp partisan lines in the 1740s, laying the groundwork for the revolutionary decades to come.

Please note, this is an online event held on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.