British Public Debt, the Acadian Expulsion and the American Revolution

11 Pages Posted: 3 May 2017

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Vincent Geloso

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 5, 2017

Abstract

Starting in 1755, the French-speaking colonists of Atlantic Canada (known as the Acadians) were deported by the British. The expulsion was desired by the American colonists in New England but was opposed by the government back in England. In fact, the expulsion was enacted against the wishes of the Imperial government. Set against the backdrop of rising public debt in England, the costly expulsion of the Acadians (combined with the subsequent conquest of the French-speaking colony of Quebec) contributed to a change in policy course favoring centralization. Using public choice theory, I construct a narrative to argue that the Acadian expulsion contributed to the initiation of the American Revolution.

Keywords: Public choice theory, Acadian expulsion, American Revolution

Suggested Citation

Geloso, Vincent, British Public Debt, the Acadian Expulsion and the American Revolution (May 5, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2956946 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2956946

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