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Newcastle Ale, apparently a British beer and ale company, is running a commercial campaign around July 4 called:  If We Won.  It’s actually quite clever!  Of course you must be of legal drinking age to enter the site (You might ought to be 21 to read this blog perhaps, too!) but I am afraid I clearly qualify.

Newcastle Ale wants to use July 3 as the date to celebrate what if:  What if the British had won the Revolution.

As a Tea Party constitutionalist it is almost a blasphemy to even consider the Americans losing the Revolution.  But we should have.  Britain had the greatest navy and one of the strongest armies.  They had skilled generals.  Their political class (at first) was solidly behind the effort.  France and Spain had been humbled before and while they would have desired to return the favor to Great Britain they weren’t likely to seek it out.  If British leaders had proposed some of the ideas they floated later in the war (seats in Parliament, perhaps a national parliament for the colonies with the power to tax) the leaders might have backed off independence.

When I was in high school history class, I took the Tory side – why we should stay with Britain.  (I want Ms. Lillian Osborne, who was a heck of a history teacher, who probably has a married name now to know:  I am NOT a Tory anymore although I have a daughter named Tory!)  So this is personal.

But thankfully we had General George Washington (who almost got fired by Congress) and several other skilled leaders and commanders who were led by God to eventually win the Revolution.  (I know the Lord helped us win.  Now why evil men and women are allowed to come to power is a different blog entry and all I’ll say here is:  You have to trust God anyway.)  My veneration for George Washington threatens to violate the First Commandment!  He could have been king or a military dictator  but he said no, resigned his commission, and went home.  The Other George (the King of England) said that George Washington was the greatest man that ever lived.  (That’s wrong:  Jesus Christ was.  Here’s how to know more about why)

So what would have happened if the Brits had won?  In no particular order…

1.  The United States and Canada would be together.  Probably called British North America.  Our initials would be BNA  (Let’s try that out loud:  Ah-one, Ah-two, Ah-three:  BNA!  BNA!  BNA!)  And we would have done most of the necessary imperialism to go to the Pacific.  Maybe Texas would be part of Mexico.  Maybe not.  (You can find alternative history sites to brainstorm that Q – here is one.)  Hawaii would probably still be independent with a status similar to Puerto Rico.

2.  Slavery would have probably been abolished peacefully.

3.  Secession would be legal as it is in Canada (although I think the rest of Canada has to sign off on it, too) but probably not tried yet.

4.  We would have fought in WWI (1914) and WWII (1939) long before we did.

5.  The UKIP Question (in or out of the EU) would be fought out here – right now.  Of course sterling would be the currency.  The queen would probably be on the money, too.

6.  British North America would probably have a written constitution but probably not as good as ours (For one thing, it is likely there would be no Second Amendment and guns might be confiscated as in Australia and the UK.) and we would have globalist fights, too.

7.  BNA would be a soccer power; maybe even winning the World Cup instead of what actually happened.

Other ideas?  I sure am glad the Tories did not win this one!  So lift up a sweet tea and toast:  We won the Revolution!

UPDATE:  We would have barristers (courtroom lawyers) and solicitors (transactional lawyers) and maybe I’d wear a wig to court!






About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

2 Responses to “WHAT if BRITAIN had WON the REVOLUTIONARY WAR?”

  1. George Mason says:

    There would be no Bill of Rights – very likely all firearms would have been confiscated, leading to a much more tyrannical central government.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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