What If French Won The French And Indian War?

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In 1754, War broke out between the French, who were allied with numerous Native American Tribes, and Great Britain. This war resulted in a British victory with the French ceding all of their Canadian territories as well as their Louisiana Territory east of the Mississippi River. In the upcoming decades, the 13 Colonies would secede from Great Britain due to strong hostilities over taxes, improper representation, and numerous "intolerable acts '. However, what if the French had won the French and Indian War? The impact on North American society would drastically change, affecting the future American Revolution. The current Constitution would vastly differ if the French won the
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In the real Treaty of Paris, Great Britain gained control of all French land West of the Mississippi as well as all of Canada, while all of French territory west of the Mississippi would be given to Spain in exchange for Florida given to Great Britain. This mass distribution of land gave all territory west of the Mississippi to the Spanish and all land East of the Mississippi to the British. However, in this alternate timeline, the French would have never given land to the British or Spanish and instead would gain land. This new Treaty of Paris would have given all British land in the continental North America to the French. Although there would be land cessions elsewhere to the British, only the land in continental North America would affect the United States’ history. According to the Office of the Historian, the British government in the real version of the Treaty of Paris, “promised to allow French Canadians to freely practice Catholicism,” (Office of the Historian). However, in this alternate history, once the French gained control of the 13 Colonies, they would not allow Protestants to freely practice their religion. On October 18, 1685, French King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes depriving the French Protestants of all religious and civil liberties (Britannica). This would also trade over to …show more content…
Ever since 1715, the 13 colonies didn’t want to trade with New France. Joseph Dudley, the Captain General and Governor of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, issued a proclamation stating, “ A PROCLAMATION: Against a Commerce & Trade with the French of Canada, Cape Breton, &c.” (Joseph Dudley). Although trading with the French would have benefited the American colonies’ economy, they refused as it would have benefitted the economy of the French. In addition, the refusal of trade with the French continued with the Navigation Acts. The Navigation Acts were a series of trade restrictions enacted by Great Britain targeted at the 13 colonies. In 1660, the Act of 1660 banned the shipping of tobacco, sugar, indigo, rice and molasses to/from foreign ports (Britannica). In 1733, one of these acts, the Molasses Act, cut American imports of molasses from the French West Indies (America’s History 6th Edition. Many of these trade restrictions barred trade with the French. However, in this alternate world, the French would have control of the 13 Colonies, and all of these trade restrictions would be lifted. In reintroduction of foreign trade, as well as the importation of furs, from Canada, molasses, from the West Indies, and sugar would cause a dramatic economic boom. As a result, the French government would make more

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