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History of the British Commonwealth of America

The Colonial Uprising 1775-1783

The Colonial Uprising was the failed attempt by the British colonists in the New World to create their own country lead by Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Thomas Paine. It was started by the Boston revolt on March 5th, 1770 - a large mob gathered around a group of British soldiers. The mob grew more and more threatening, throwing snowballs, rocks and debris at the soldiers. 20 soldiers were clubbed and fell. All but one of the soldiers fired into the crowd. Eighty people were hit; thirty civilians and fifteen soldiers were killed at the scene of the shooting, and two died after the incident. King George III ordered an army led by General Howe to Boston to regain law in order in Boston. General Howe arrived in Boston on October 12th, 1770. He placed Boston under military law.

List of Provinces

New York

After the Uprising, King George III appointed general Howe to rule over province. New York holds the largest city in the BCA New York City. New York City is the largest port on the east coast of the commonwealth.

New England (made up of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine)

After the Colonial Uprising, King George III split the 13 colonies into nine provinces and placed a military general as the ruler of the province.

Carolina (made up of North and South Carolina)

General Tarleton was granted the province of Carolina for his final victory over the southern uprising at the battle of Cowpens.


Lord Rockingham was granted the province of Virginia for his service under Lord North in creating the BCA and serving as the First Prime Minister of the BCA.


Admiral Lord Richard Howe, the brother to General Howe, was appointed to run the province which the city of Baltimore serves as the capital city 'til this day.

Cornwallis (made up of New Jersy, Rhode Island and Conn.)

King George III appointed General Cornwallis as the leader of this province.


Sir Carleton was made the first president of the Commonwealth appointed by King George III and granted the province of Georgia for his service to the crown.


Richard Oswald was granted the province of Pennsylvania for his role in working out the term in the Treaty of Yorktown.


Benedict Arnold was granted the province of Delaware as payment for turning over West Point to British control.

Clinton (what we know as present day Ohio)

General Henry Clinton was granted the province that bears his name for his services in crushing the uprising.

Lord North (what we know as present day Kentucky and Tennessee)

British Prime Minister, Lord North, resigns after signing of the Treaty of York and accepts the position of ruler of the province that bears his name. He is held as one of the greatest prime ministers in the history of both The British Empire and BCA.

Burgoyne (present day Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois,and Wisconsin)

General Burgoyne was appointed to lead this province after his success in crushing the uprising.


Texas was voted in to the BCA after seven years of self-government as the Republic of Texas. Texas fought a ten-year civil war with the Mexican Empire. The BCA declared itself neutral, but many citizens from the BCA went to Texas and helped win the freedom for the Texas Republic..

Colorado (present day Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah)

Was once part of the province of Texas, but was allowed to split in 1889 into the province of Colorado. Denver, Colorado served as the Western Federal Capital during the Commonwealth War of 1900-03.

California (also present day Arizona and Nevada)

California was bought from the Mexican Empire in 1867 for 1.5 million BCA pounds.

Louisiana (present day Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Dakotas)

Louisiana was given to the BCA by terms of the Treaty of York. The territory doubled the sized of the commonwealth and marked the end of France's presence in North America.

Florida (present day Florida, Alabama, Mississippi)

Florida was given to the BCA by Spain under the terms of the treaty of York. Spain did play a minor role in the Colonial uprising during the late 1770's.

Oregon (also covers present day Washington and Idaho)

Oregon was allowed in 1880 to split from California and form the last mainland province.


Alaska was bought from Russia in 1800 by the British and given to Canada. The Commonwealth bought the territory from Canada in 1960. in 1984, Alaska was granted the status of province. It is the youngest and least populated of the 20.

Cook Islands (present day Hawaii)

Named after the captain that discovered them near 200 years ago. the Cook Islands were won after the BCA thought the Japanese Empire in The Great Pacific war. The Cook islands became a province in 1954.

Capital District (a ten-mile area inside New York City)

The Capital District was created by the 3rd Magna Carta in 1807. Citizens of the district do not elect members to the national government, but do vote for the prime minister and district council. The council is seven-person body that oversees the daily operation of the district.

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