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Governor Henry Ellis and the Transformation of British North America Paperback – November 9, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (November 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820331252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820331256
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,174,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cashin's research on Ellis's life is deep and widespread. He has examined a vast number of original records, printed sources, and secondary literature, and his bibliography is exhaustive. He writes well, and his work is handsomely presented by his publisher. This will be the standard work on Henry Ellis for many years.”--Journal of American History


"This book provides much food for thought. It is eminently readable, making it accessible to both the general and specialized reader. And it reviews a wealth of historical scholarship without getting bogged down in academic hair-splitting. But most of all it tells an interesting story about how a third son of a middle-class landowner rose to hold positions of importance within the British government through the force of his intellect and the breadth of his skills. And after all, telling a good story is what a good biography should strive to do. Cashin succeeds at that here."--Southern Quarterly


"Cashin has added another graceful study to his corpus of works strengthening our grasp of the colonial and revolutionary South."--Journal of Southern History

About the Author

Edward J. Cashin (1927-2007) was professor emeritus of history and former director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History at Augusta State University. His books include The King's Ranger: Thomas Brown and the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier (Georgia), which won the 1990 Fraunces Tavern Book Award of the American Revolution Round Table, and Lachlan McGillivray, Indian Trader: The Shaping of the Southern Colonial Frontier (Georgia), which won the 1992 Malcolm and Muriel Barrow Bell Award of the Georgia Historical Society.

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Dr Kenneth Coleman in his "Colonial Georgia" (1976) indicates that Gov Wright (#3) was the most important of The Georgia Colonial Governors. Cashin (1996) would disagree. Maybe the time lag between the studies explains this. Apparently, Cashin found much supporting evidence using British Colonial Records in recent years, probably during the late 80s and early 90s.

Although Cashin does not dispute the works of Dr. Coleman, he certainly feels that Ellis was not only the most important of the Georgia Colonial Governors but was one of the most important players in British colonial history in North America.
Cashin takes the impressive, long career of Ellis and gives fine details, beginning with his career as a bonafide British explorer and ship captain searching dangerously for a passage to the Northwest through the icy waters of Canada.
At one point in his career as ship's captain, he is a bonafide slaver piloting slave ships from Africa to the Americas.
Due to his scientific surveys made during his voyages in Canada, Ellis becomes a member of the prestigious Royal Society in England which puts him in close touch with some of the most important people in England. At this time, "he has arrived". He has arrived scientifically as well as politically, plus he has the gift of gab and a natural born politician who understands how to get along with all kinds of people. This serves him well in Georgia.
Georgia's first Royal Governor Reynolds, also a sea captain, apparently has no skill whatsoever relating to other people and is removed due to his lack of social skills.However, after his removal he moves on to become an admiral in the British Navy with a long career.
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