Struggle for independence of America, and border between Canada and United States. Sam Adams and early colonists of the Continental Congress seek to bring Canadians into their efforts against British rule. Sketches of British ships in nearby harbors monitoring the colonists. Picture of a snake with 'Die' and 'Join' written under it. Richard Montgomery leads group to take Canada by force, heading up Lake Champlain toward Canada with 4000 men. Attack led by Benedict Arnold toward fortress of Quebec. Map shows the boundaries between Quebec and New England. Governor Sir Guy Carlton abandoning Montreal to Montgomery. Path of Montgomery and Benedict Arnold together to try to seize Quebec. Depiction of Montgomery killed in the attack, and loss by the American colonists at Quebec. With commentary and narration by J. Frank Willis.
From the film, "Struggle for a Border. Canada and the American Revolution 1763-1783." Features commentary and narration of J. Frank Willis. Shows struggle for borders and territory between French-Canadians, British, Indians under Pontiac, and American colonists. Sketches of famous Indian Pontiac with French officers and with British soldiers. Sketches of battle scenes between the Indians and British troops. Diagram shows the borderline between United States and Canada with the five great lakes which are occupied by Native American Indian Territory. Sketches of British battalions battling native indians led by Pontiac. Sketches of occupation of various former French-Canadian cities under leadership of British General James Murray.
Struggle for borders and territory between Canada and United States. Sketches of French-Canadian traders and merchants exchanging goods at Montreal, Canada. Picture of Governor James Murray. British merchants seeking control over the fur trade, but rejected by Governor Murray. Establishment of government in Quebec. With commentary and narration by J. Frank Willis.
Struggle for border between Canada and America following victories over the British and surrender of Cornwallis. Sketch of Dutch, Spaniards, America wanting independent territories. Portraits of various involved political leaders working to settle borders. Peace talks with John Jay, John Adams, and Ben Franklin. Americans seeking a United States that included all of Canada. Map shows the territory occupied by the Americans and Canadians. Boundary discussions during peace talks. With commentary and narration by J. Frank Willis.
Struggle for American independence, and border between Canada and United States. Sketches of Catholic clergy reaching out to bind Canadian farmers with the cause of the American colonists in some cases, but more often to the British. Failure of American propaganda campaign in Canada. Sketches at Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain. Movement of captured British artillery to positions around Boston by the American colonists. Sketches of George Washington and John Hancock, as well as Ben Franklin. Sketch of colonists debating the first Declaration of Independence. Communication of the Declaration of Independence to the colonists. Sketches of rejoicing crowds of colonists. With commentary and narration by J. Frank Willis.
Struggle for American independence and the border between Canada and America. Sketches of British General Burgoyne in its efforts to defeat the American colonists and meet General Howe in Albany. Review of Burgoyne's campaign and his enlistment of indians against the colonists. Map shows battle strategy from Quebec to New York. British prisoners. Surrender of Burgoyne to American General Gates at Saratoga. General George Washington's efforts against the British. Washington's troops at Valley Forge in winter with inadequate resources. Benjamin Franklin as envoy in Paris with King Louis XVI convinced to aid the American cause. Addition of Spain and the Netherlands in the struggle against British rule in America. Discussion of the French and the Americans both with their sights set on winning Canada also. With commentary and narration by J. Frank Willis.