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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) The interests of Great Britain considered...[with]Observations on the Increase..

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06065 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: London Type: Books Date: 1760 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: [title continued] "... with regard to her colonies, and the Acquisitions of Canada and Guadaloupe, to which are added, observations concerning the increase of mankind, peopling of countries, etc." Printed by T. Beckett. 8vo. Franklin argues for the retention of Canada to safeguard the British colonies on the mainland, rather than more wealthy lands like Guadaloupe. Franklin's "Observations on the Increase of Mankind" first mentioned the doubling of America's population that Thomas Malthus used for his "Essay on Population." Sabin 35450, Lande 254, JCB 1:1253 and Ford 268.

People: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Jackson, Richard, 1722-1787

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: French and Indian War, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Canada, Latin and South America

Sub Era: The 13 Colonies