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Lord Dunmore's War

Lord Dunmore's War
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     challenging words:    unpopular, liquor, skirmish, reading, dealing, devotion, monarchy, commander, fortune, victory, conflict, stake, revolution, government, potential, territory
     content words:    Lord Dunmore, John Murray, New York, Native Americans, While Dunmore, Indian War, Appalachian Mountains, Mississippi River, Daniel Boone, Little Kanawha River

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Lord Dunmore's War
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     Your first thought after reading this title might be who was Lord Dunmore and why was a war named after him? Lord Dunmore was a Scottish earl who was devoted to the English monarchy. Such devotion was often rewarded with plum positions in the government. This was also true in the case of John Murray, the fourth Earl of Dunmore.
2     The best thing about plum government jobs in a colony was the potential to make a private fortune. His first appointment to the colonies was as the governor of New York. He was there for eleven months and then was moved to be governor of Virginia.
3     Very few of the English in charge of dealing with Native Americans had sympathy for the native position. The glorious land available for the taking was often too great a temptation to ignore. While Dunmore took his job as governor very seriously, he was also looking to improve his position with the king.
4     After the French and Indian War, the Proclamation of 1763 reserved all land between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River for the Native Americans.
5     This was a very unpopular decision with the colonists. They thought they should have rights to the land because their side won the war. The fact that it was already occupied did not matter to them.

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