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Colonial America and the Earl of Halifax, 1748–1761

Andrew D. M. Beaumont


This study examines the governance of British America prior to the American Revolution. Examining the career of George Montagu Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax and First Lord of the Board of Trade and Plantations (1716–1771), it explores colonial planners and policymakers during the political hiatus between the age of Walpole and the age of imperial crisis. As metropolitan politicians vied for ministerial dominance, Halifax’s board played a vital role in shaping British perceptions of its growing empire. A repository of information, the board offered Halifax the opportunity to establish his own niche ... More

Keywords: Halifax (George Montagu Dunk), 2nd Earl of, colonial administration, Board of Trade and Plantations, colonial governors, British North America, British Empire, Seven Years’ War, administrative reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723974
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723974.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew D. M. Beaumont, author
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