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"You know that these two nations are at war about a few acres of snow somewhere around Canada, and that they are spending on this beautiful war more than all Canada is worth." — Voltaire
The end of the French and Indian War saw another devastating defeat for France at the hands of Britain in North America. France lost its Northern Circars territories in India, and Louisiana was to be torn from France's hands, either to Spain or Britain. New France was about to become a thing of the past. However, King Louis XVI had a choice to make. He could cede Canada to regain its sugar colonies of Guadeloupe and Martinique; or, he could let Britain keep its hold on the Caribbean islands and retain Canada for its fishing and fur industry.
In our timeline, Louis felt that the Caribbean colonies were far too valuable to give up, especially with the crumbling economy. But what if Louis felt New France had potential, and ceded its Caribbean colonies instead? What if France held on to a few Acres of Snow?
Work in progress.
- Canada remains French, the French Caribbean colonies remain British, and Louisiana is ceded to Britain
- American outrage at the war debt brought on the colonies with no major territorial gains and no representation in British parliament still leads to the independence of the United States
- Discontent for Louis causes protests much earlier than OTL, and an earlier French Revolution occurs. Louis, however, is able to flee the madness with his family early... and is brought to North America to rule a rump Kingdom of Canada.