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r/HistoricalWhatIf
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Posted byu/[deleted]3 months ago

What if France had won the French and Indian Wars?

Had France won the war between the two colonizing nations how would that have shaken up global history? Clearly the US revolution does not go down in the same way as the thirteen colonies likely would have been taken over or split up. Would North America be largely Francophone? What do you think?

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Are we talking just the North American Tneayer, or the entire Seven Year's War in general?

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[deleted]
· 3 mo. ago

Let’s say France kicks British ass pretty bad across the board, but specifically I was referring to the North American conflict.

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In my opinion this conflict in particular could have been won by France if more ressources, settlers and military interest were invested in the region. But unless they took this colonial matter more seriously and started to bring a LOT more people into New-France, the colony was doomed to be overwhelmed by Anglo-Saxon colonists if not the British at one point or another. I would argue that even if France had been more succesful in that theater towards the later phase of the war, another conflict would see it defeated not too long after. Unless they completely changed their policy and injected more of everything into this colonial endeavour.

To put this into perspective, the entire area controlled by New-France contained roughly 76 000 settlers around 1760. While the Thirteen colonies already had millions of inhabitants by this point.

New-France (or France at that point) would've never been able to muster the ressources necessary for an occupation of the British owned lands or to permanently defend their own holdings from the to be Americans!

Anyway, I am from Québec myself and this is the most prevalent sentiment you would find here.

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[deleted]
· 3 mo. ago

Why were there so many more settlers in the British colonies? Was the quality of life just that much better in France vs Britain? I know a lot of Irish settled in US later but one would think if anything they would be more sympathetic to the French than the British.

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