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PericIes
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8/31/2015 4:27:42 AM
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What would the world be like today if the British had won the American Revolutionary War?

How would world events have gone from the end of the war (let's say the same year as in real history, 1783, I believe) to today?
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9/2/2015 3:55:54 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 8/31/2015 4:27:42 AM, PericIes wrote:
What would the world be like today if the British had won the American Revolutionary War?

How would world events have gone from the end of the war (let's say the same year as in real history, 1783, I believe) to today?

I doubt it would last. The entire America's (sans Canada and the West Indies) were beginning to rise up in rebellion against their former overlords. Spain lost all of their mainland American colonies in the span of a decade. Britain had no chance holding onto America for too much longer. Plus, the war would probably spill over into Europe if France was still dedicated to helping the US.
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9/2/2015 11:50:11 PM
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Well, what if, when the British won, they assumed a more authoritative rule over the colonies? For the most part, Spain's and France's colonial territory was sparsely populated compared to Britain's. Comparing the hypothetical and real management of each is comparing apples and oranges.
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9/3/2015 12:25:50 AM
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At 9/2/2015 11:50:11 PM, PericIes wrote:
Well, what if, when the British won, they assumed a more authoritative rule over the colonies? For the most part, Spain's and France's colonial territory was sparsely populated compared to Britain's. Comparing the hypothetical and real management of each is comparing apples and oranges.

Or they would have decided that investing so much into a relatively unproductive colony was simply not worth it. They would have to send over thousands of troops to contain the rebellious population and it would be dreadfully expensive for an already economically challenged nation.
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9/3/2015 12:35:05 AM
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It was unproductive at the time compared to the colonies of the French and Spanish, yes, but the British were in it for *long-term* gain, as opposed to the French, Spanish, etc. short-term gain strategy. That's why they colonized it so heavily and is one of the reasons that they let free trade do its thing more than the other colonizing powers did. They wanted to develop an entire economy, rather than just plunder native settlements or trade furs. Plus, only a little over 1/3 of colonists actively supported the idea of a new nation, you know. It's not like the British would have to keep down the whole population.
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9/3/2015 12:39:52 AM
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At 9/3/2015 12:35:05 AM, PericIes wrote:
It was unproductive at the time compared to the colonies of the French and Spanish, yes, but the British were in it for *long-term* gain, as opposed to the French, Spanish, etc. short-term gain strategy. That's why they colonized it so heavily and is one of the reasons that they let free trade do its thing more than the other colonizing powers did. They wanted to develop an entire economy, rather than just plunder native settlements or trade furs. Plus, only a little over 1/3 of colonists actively supported the idea of a new nation, you know. It's not like the British would have to keep down the whole population.

But you can't honestly believe that British colonized/occupied America would last for too long. All of the America's sans Canada and the West Indies were free from their overlords by 1840. I doubt the Americans would stay so neutral after Central and South America were all free and establishing their own governments.