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Date Posted: 02:12:54 10/25/04 Mon
In reply to: Ed Harris (Venezia) 's message, "Imperial civil wars..." on 19:40:09 10/24/04 Sun
Thanks for the correction in dates. Simple carelessness on my part due to haste, realized after I was already well on the highway to an appointment.
Sounds to me like the argument you are advancing is a much larger one than you've indicated, perhaps referring back to the 1640's. As such it seems you are at risk of reading too much into certain of the events you have alluded to.
Considering the scope and size of the Empire at the time (Cook's voyage is just starting)in question as well as the turmoil throughout Europe and the world, it seems a bit of a stretch to view these events under a purely British-American perspective.
By the way, I believe it is the British and Canadians that call it the Revolutionary War and the Americans who like the high sounding phrase "The War of Independence"
There is no doubt that the 13 colonies had territorial designs on what is now Canada and of course beyond into the Indian Lands and that they were incensed that the Quebec Act wrecked some of their territorial plans making conflict more likely by an expansionist group of rebels.
Further, following several attempts by the Americans to conquer and/or annex Canada between 1773-78, George Washington stopped a further plan to attack Canada fearing that it would provide an opportunity for France to resume its North American possession and thus advance a plan to keep the US more dependent on France for support. As usual, especially from that time forward, the interests of Canada have been caught fully between those of America and Britain and frequently France.
So Civil War - I'm not convinced, that is too convenient. If it was it begs two questions;
1. Is that civil war over yet?
2. If so, who won and what did they win?
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