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Timeline (1775-1799) (A Different World)

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  • POD: During the Battle of Bunker Hill, a lucky shot from General William Prescott led to the death of William Howe. Demoralized, the British troops are forced to retreat, with the American forces succeeding in holding Bunker Hill.
  • On July 4th, General Joseph Warren launched an attack against British forces in Boston and defeated General Henry Clinton, therefore seizing the city of Boston for the American Revolutionaries.
  • The Continental Congress meets in the recently liberated city of Boston to discuss the creation of the Continental Army from the various colonial militias. General William Prescott states the popular saying "United we Stand, Divided we fall" as part of his speech to the Congress, who appoints Prescott as their top General and General Warren as his second.
  • To bolster the supply of troops, General Prescott issues a Proclamation stating that "If anyone enslaves serves in the Continental Army, they will be awarded with their freedom. Afterward, thousands of slaves applied for positions in the military.
  • General Prescott reviews plans for the American secret weapon The Turtle, and orders several of these weapons to be created as a means of breaking naval blockades.


  • General Prescott meets with the leaders of several Native American tribes, offering an alliance in exchange for a place in the United States. General Warren plainly states that Great Britain would betray the Native American tribes after the Revolution fails. This leads to an alliance between the United Colonies and the Iroquois Confederacy.
  • Meanwhile, at least thirty turtles were developed and sent to the blockades of New York City and Boston, carrying with them troops and explosives. The Blockades are soon defeated when whole ships are seized or destroyed by the troops.
  • Forces under George Washington and Nathaniel Greene conduct a Siege around Norfolk, forcing the Hessian general Henrich Breymann to surrender.
  • General Prescott and Joseph Brant plan to launch an invasion of Canada after seizing Fort Ticonderoga.
  • During the invasion, several fighters managed to seize Toronto after a two week siege.
  • Benedict Arnold leads a campaign to take Quebec, only to be beaten back to Gouin by British general Burgoyne.
  • On December 17th, 1776, Generals Arnold and Red Jacket lead a force of American troops crossing Lake Eerie to attack the city of Montreal from behind.
  • After the ensuing battle, Montreal is successfully taken by American forces.
  • Demoralized, British forces at Quebec City lay down their arms and surrendered at Quebec City.
  • British forces soon retreated from Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia, with General Prescott announcing that "The United States has taken Canada from Britain".
  • Many British soldiers defect to the American military.
  • France, Holland and Spain send a word of support saying they would aid America in its war.


  • British soldiers are crushed at the Battles of Atlanta and Savannah by General George Washington, who gave his life to protect a recruit in Georgia.
  • British naval forces tried to surround the city of Providence in a blockade, only to be defeated by American battalion leader Jack Sisson, utilizing The Shark, the successor to The Turtle.
  • Desperate to save their fleet and soldiers, the Parliament of Great Britain agrees to meet with the Continental Congress to discuss terms for independence.
  • Forces from both sides meet in Boston to discuss the Treaty of Boston, in which Great Britain was forced to grant independence to America and cede Canada to the United States.
  • King George abdicates his throne, calling Parliament "weak-willed cowards". His son, George IV, succeeds his father and agrees to the terms.


  • In March, a gentleman named Henry Yates called for a meeting of delegates from several states in order to discuss plans for a new Constitution.
  • Delegates from all Thirteen States (in OTL, Rhode Island did not take in the Constitutional Convention) and the admitted Canadian states meet in Philadelphia to discuss a new constitution.
  • The Constitution is signed into affect on September 17th, 1778.
  • William Prescott is elected the first President of the United States of America, with a Native American named William Runningdeer serving as his vice-president.


  • President Prescott signs the Native Cultural Preservation Act into law, allowing for Native Americans to settle in areas where their culture could be preserved.
  • This leads to the Iroquois Confederacy agreeing to be assimilated into the United States, with many of these Cultural Reservations being established across New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
  • The Washington Monument is completed in Atlanta, commemorating General Washingtons sacrifice in the Battle of Atlanta. The Statue depicts George Washington holding his sword high while broken chains lie at his feat, symbolizing his role in America's freedom.
  • President Prescott announces the building of a central city where the government would be run. In a Congressional vote, the city is named Washington, DC after George Washington himself.



  • President William Prescott announces that he will not seek reelection, stating "I am getting old in my chair. The People need new leadership, and I am not that leader."
  • William Franklin is elected President following the resignation of President Prescott.
  • The state of Vermont is admitted as the 14th state.


  • The states of Quebec, Ontario , New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are created.
  • President Franklin announces that following the completion of Washington, DC, the United States government would relocate to this city.
  • A freed slave named Henry Gibson becomes the first former slave to enter a Medical school in New York City.


  • Maine is admitted as the 19th state in the country.
  • Britain colonizes the Eastern coast of Australia.


  • President William Franklin is reelected.
  • As part of his first act, President Franklin commissioned the construction the Prescott Memorial in Washington, DC in honor of the first President of the United States of America.
  • Russia establishes a colony in the North-Western North America.


  • British influence expands throughout Southern India despite insurrections from Natives.
  • Kentucky is admitted as the 20th state.


  • A group of farmers in Massachusetts protest the high taxes on farmers in their region. Shay's Rebellion begins.
  • The rebellion ends with the deaths of several farmers at the hands of William Franklin and the US Army.


  • Daniel Shays runs for President and defeats President Franklin.
  • Russia begins expanding its colonial territory southward.
  • Tennessee is admitted as the 21st state.


  • Russia expansion into unsettled regions in Canada leads to increased tensions between France, the United States and Russia.
  • President Shays establishes the line of succession, which enables his Vice-President Benedict to succeed him should he die.
  • France, Great Britain, Russia and the United States of America meet to discuss the tensions between the countries.



  • Russia agrees to cede its territory south of the Alaska border to the United States of America.
  • At the end of the conference, President Shays is assassinated by a mysterious figure, leading to the ascension of Benedict Arnold as President.
  • The poor in France begin to revolt and establish a new democratic government.


  • Washington D.C. is completed and the United States government is relocated to the city.
  • Benedict Arnold is reelected President of the United States.
  • The United States Mint is established.
  • The people of Prussia begin a revolt against its absolute monarchy.


  • The Fugitive Slave Act is passed by Congress implying stricter regulations against the escaping of slaves.
  • President Arnold declares that trade embargo's would be placed on France and Prussia.
  • Ohio is admitted to the Union as the 22nd state.



  • Alexander Hamilton defeats Benedict Arnold in the race for President of the United States.
  • President Hamilton sees the potential for trade with European powers and founds the American Merchant Marines, a group of soldiers meant to protect trade ships from Pirates.



  • The French Revolution ends with the establishment of a democratic republic in France.

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