By James Corbett David. ISBN 9780813934242. Copyright 2013. Hardcover with 280 pages including notes and index.
Dunmore’s New World: The Extraordinary Life of a Royal Governor in Revolutionary America – with Jacobites, Counterfeiters, Land Schemes, Shipwrecks, Scalping, Indian Politics, Runaway Slaves, and Two Illegal Royal Weddings tells the stranger-than-fiction story of Lord Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia. Dunmore was a Scots aristocrat who, even with a family history of treason, managed to obtain a commission in the British army, a seat in the House of Lords, and three executive appointments in the American colonies. Despite his 1775 proclamation promising freedom to slaves of Virginia rebels, Dunmore himself was a slaveholder at a time when the African slave trade was facing tremendous popular opposition in Great Britain. He undertook an unauthorized Indian war in the Ohio Valley, now known as Dunmore’s War, which was instrumental in opening the Kentucky country to white settlement. Dunmore’s life story, which boasts a measure of scandal and intrigue rare in the annals of the colonial world, includes the support he gave his daughter in regard to her secret, illegal marriage to the youngest son of George III.
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