Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Jean Chalon, Histoire Abregée de la Conquête du Canada , 1753-1763

Finding aid created by
Ellen Poteet, March 2005; Philip Heslip, September 2009

Summary Information
Title: Jean Chalon, Histoire Abregée de la Conquête du Canada
Creator: Chalon, Jean
Inclusive dates: 1753-1763
Extent: 54 pages (1 volume, old half vellum)
This volume is a historical narrative, in French, of the French and Indian War and Britain's annexation of Canada to its territorial possessions in America. The volume also holds a copy of the Articles of the Capitulation of Montreal.
Language: The material is in French
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1952. M-885.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.


Preferred Citation:

Jean Chalon Histoire Abregée de la Conquête du Canada , William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Jean Chalon was an 18th-century French historian and thinker who wrote about current international events as they related to France and its role as a European power in the New World.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Histoire Abregée de la Conquête du Canada is a contemporary account of the events between 1753 and 1760 describing Britain's annexation of Canada to its territorial possessions in America. The narrative moves chronologically and focuses on the year 1759, when French Quebec fell to the English. In 1753, the Canadian, English, and American governments were in conflict over trade along the Ohio River. In 1755 the French routed the army of General Braddock, who died in battle, and by 1757 had control over all vital marine passages to Canada from the Ohio Valley and Western New York. The British lost an attack on the French fort at Niagara but took Crown Point under the leadership of Colonel William Johnson. Chalon relates the movements of Generals Amherst, John Prideaux, Montcalm, and Wolfe and describes the ships, frigates, troops, and munitions for both sides, while giving a full account of the important engagements throughout the war. General James Wolfe, who successfully led British troops to victory over Quebec, receives a particularly heroic description from Chalon. The author next describes the harsh winter of 1760, the French attempt to re-take the city, and the British victory at Montreal under General Amherst, completing the conquest of Canada.

The volume ends with two transcriptions. The first is the thirty-four Articles of the Capitulation of Montreal, which concerns the transfer of military control from the French to the English. Of interest are Article 30, which provides for the protection of Indians, and Article 33, which declared that blacks having the status of slaves were to remain so, in the hands of their French masters. Second is The Fourth Article of the Peace Treaty of 1763, which guaranteed religious tolerance of French Canadian Catholics and the liberty of those subjects now under English rule.

Throughout the narrative, Chalon discusses the roles that the "Indian Nations" played in the conflict as both instigators of conflicts and, at times, as pawns of the two European powers.

Subject Terms

    • Amherst, Jeffery Amherst, Baron, 1717-1797.
    • Braddock, Edward, 1695?-1755.
    • Canada--History--1755-1763.
    • Johnson, William, Sir, 1715-1774.
    • Montcalm de Saint-Véran, Louis-Joseph, marquis de, 1712-1759.
    • Montréal (Québec)
    • Ohio River.
    • Prideaux, John, 1718–1759.
    • Quebec (Quebec)--History--French and Indian War, 1755-1763.
    • Quebec Campaign, 1759.
    • Seven Years' War, 1756-1763--Treaties.
    • Treaty of Paris (1763)
    • United States--History--French and Indian War, 1755-1763.
    • Wolfe, James, 1727-1759.
    Genre Terms:
    • Manuscripts (document genre)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Histoire Abregée de la Conquête du Canada ,  1753-1763 [series]
    Pages   1-2  
    Pages   2-4  
    Pages   4-10  
    Pages   10-11  
    Pages   12-13  
    Pages   14-17  
    Pages   17-40  
    Pages   40-47  
    Pages   48-52  
    Articles de la Capitulation de Montréal
    Pages   53  
    Articles Quatrieme de Traité de Paix de  1763
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Clements Library has several collections related to the French and Indian War. For maps of Quebec and Montreal, search the Univerisity of Michigan's Mirlyn catalog. Below are a selection of collections that also hold French and Indian War materials.

    Battle of Quebec material can be found in:

    • Richard and Francis Browne papers
    • Charles Townshend papers
    • Jean-Daniel Dumas papers

    Battle of Montreal material can be found in:

    • Thomas Gage Papers
    • Montesquiou journal
    • Great Britain Army Collection, officer list, April 28, 1760