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This timeline diverged from our own with the non-existence of the Annapolis Convention called to revise the Articles of Confederation. Despite some calls for a stronger central government, anti-federalists like Patrick Henry are able to prevent any change in America's government. Eventually the Articles are repealed entirely, leaving North America a collection of totally independent nations.
1783 - 1800
After the Revolutionary War, the United States exists as a collection of sovereign states bound together in a loose alliance known as the Articles of Confederation. With the dismissal of most of the Continental Army, little is left to hold the states together. The Continental currency is basically worthless, while some state banknotes are relatively stable. In 1785, James Madison tragically dies from disease. Without his recommendation, the Annapolis and Constitutional Conventions are not called.
Shay's Rebellion in 1786 prompts Massachusetts and the other states to increase their militias. At around the same time, Vermont petitions to join the United States but is denied.
The outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 is greeted with enthusiasm by most Americans. Edmond Genêt is sent by France to recruit, and he succeeds beyond his sponsor's wildest dreams. Fourteen privateers are built to disrupt British shipping, and over six hundred Americans, mostly from Pennsylvania and the South join. They are dubbed the "Liberty Boys" and are led by the 22 year old Andrew Jackson. This group will later go on to found New Virginia in Europe.
Timeline of Major Events
- 1783-1801: Patrick Henry serves as Governor of Virginia sporadically, his final term ending in 1801. By his death in 1803 he is probably America's most popular statesman.
- 1792: Pittsburgh Affair. The Virginia legislature passes a statute reasserting its claim to the area long considered western Pennsylvania.