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What would've happened if the American Revolution failed?

What would it be like today?

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  • 10 years ago
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    1) The US Founding Fathers would have been hanged for treason.

    2)Slavery would probably have been abolished in the 1830s when Britain abolished it and not in 1860s when US abolished it.

    3)There would have been no Indian Wars with the Seminoles in Florida or with the Creeks and Cherokees in west Tennessee, North Alabama, and west Georgia.

    4)Florida, and West Florida (Alabama, and Mississippi) would probably still be Spanish territory.

    5)The territory the US got in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase would still be French unless Napoleon sold it to Spain or Britain, most likely Britain might have been interested since, at that time, they already owned what is now Oregon, Washington State, and Idaho.

    6)Texas may or may not have gotten its independence from Mexico. Those that fought for Texas independence were primarily US-born settlers.

    7)There would have been no Mexican-American War meaning California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona would still be under Mexican control. More importantly, the vast gold and silver mines of California and Nevada would be under Mexican control. Texas oil as well if Texas didn't get its independence.

    8) No Spanish American War. Cuba probably would still be a Spanish territory as would be the Philippines, unless they were successful with their independence from Spain. Puerto Rico might be independent. They were already in the beginning stages when US took it over.

    9) US wouldn't have bought Alaska from Russia. If Russia kept Alaska then they would have Alaskan oil and Alaskan gold.

    Because of the gold, silver, and oil from California, Nevada and Texas, and the fact that it would be twice its current size, Mexico would have been the most dominant and richest nation of North, Central, and South America. It's possible they would have been a superpower in the 20th century. The US would be about 1/4 to perhaps 1/2 of its current size. They would not have Calif/Nevada gold/silver/oil and wouldn't have Texas oil nor would they have Alaskan oil/gold. If there were no Indian wars then no one would know about Dakota silver and gold. Also Spain might still have an empire or be a Spanish Commonwealth of Nations.

    As for the Indians...there would probably still be Indian wars but the Indians would have far more territory than mere reservations sprinkled here an there. The Dakotas would be theirs. Perhaps Florida as well. One of Britain's original demands in the treaty ending the War of 1812 was that the US Northwest Territory or what are today's US states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and part of Minnesota would be exclusively for the Indians. That might have actually come to pass. One of the causes of the Amer Rev was that the Appalachian Mtns became the western border of the colonies. All territory west of the Apps belong to the Indians. That might still have been the case. England wasn't looking to expand the colonies. So they may have declined to purchase the Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803, leaving that land to Spain and/or the Indians.

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  • Jim L
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    10 years ago

    The Revolution taught the British that the 'white' colonies had to be directed towards self-government and eventual full sovereignty, and this lesson would probably have been taken on board even had the revolution failed. There were strong economic and demographic facts driving the success of the Revolution and these would have continued to operate. We can imagine what is now the US as much the same size as today, but more like Canada or Australia.

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  • tuffy
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    10 years ago

    The signers of the Declaration of Independence would have been signing their death warrant. Remember that without France's help the American Revolution would have failed. When the Americans who fought in WW1 said, "LaFayette, we are here," were not idle words.

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  • 10 years ago

    The Declaration would never have become more than just words and the leaders of the colonials would have likely been imprisoned and executed for their treason. The colonies would still be British colonies.

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  • 10 years ago

    I would have a different passport.

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  • 10 years ago

    it would have been tried again ten years later, and again ten years later, etc...

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