British North America is easy: it’s the other alternatives that are more interesting.

It’s called Canada. There are a lot of issues which most people ignore, or are ignorant of, such as the Treaty of Paris from 1763, Quebec Acts, and other fall out from the War that really led to the War for Independence: The French and Indian War, La Conquête, or Le Grand Derangement.

Actually, the war that really made the US was not the War for Independence. That was the result of the previous war, which became a world war. Additionally, the North American Colonists got handed a bill for the war they started.

No, the taxes weren’t caused by a lack of representation: they were the bill for the war the colonists started.

On the other hand, North American would be a very different place had things gone differently in 1760. You can read the quick and dirty summary of what resulted here: And from another Wikipedia article:

Anderson (2006) suggests that the war played a pivotal precipitating role in the American Revolution. He believes that the United States managed to become a nation through the influence of this war, and suggests that it should perhaps be known as “the War That Made America.”…The Fort William Henry massacre has shaped American cultural attitudes toward Indians. It was only one of many episodes of indiscriminate bloodshed and captive-taking and deranged relations between Indians and American colonists. Even in Pennsylvania, a colony that had never known an Indian war before 1755, resentment against Indians became something like a majority sentiment by 1764. Most Indian groups sided with the British in the Revolutionary War, and the animosity only grew.[..American novelist James Fenimore Cooper wrote The Last of the Mohicans in 1826, a widely read novel that was adapted for several Hollywood films. Cooper refers to the dangerous “savages” and shows their willingness to kill. The book creates a lasting impression of the untrustworthiness and dangerousness of Indians in general, according to Michael Hilger. One long-standing theme in American popular culture has portrayed the Indians as revenge-seeking savages looking to scalp their enemies…The victory of Wolfe over Montcalm was a decisive moment in shaping the self-image of English-Canadians, while Francophone Canada has refused to allow commemorations.

Now, what would the world be like had this theatre of action had gone the other way?

Even more interesting: what if the US-Mexican War had led to a US defeat?

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