Much of New Hampshire’s history is marked by wars with the native peoples. This began with King William’s War in 1689. New Hampshire was positioned on the frontier of the dispute over the Canadian border. Its towns were attacked by French troops and their native allies, and the colony’s men fought with the English.
A brief period of peace followed until the outbreak of war again in 1702. Queen Anne’s War renewed the hostilities with France and again subjected New Hampshire to native raids throughout the colony. Again, men and money were contributed.
Following this conflict, New Hampshire enjoyed a relatively lengthy period of peace until local issues between the colonists and Native Americans again embroiled them in war. The series of battles that took place between the English and the French and their native allies during 17241725 was known as Dummer’s War, after William Dummer, governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
King George’s War, fought in the American colonies from 1744 to 1748, disrupted the peace once more. A regiment from New Hampshire was involved in the capture of Louisbourg, a French stronghold that guarded Canada. Following this, a brief period of quiet reigned until the French and Indian War began in 1754. As it had in the previous wars, New Hampshire contributed its resources to the defense of England. Following the conclusion of this armed combat, New Hampshire would not fight again until the American Revolution began in 1775.
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