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This is a timeline of events for the New World Timeline, showing how this reality diverges from our own.

  • 1741 - Battle of Santiago de Cuba: the UK successfully invades Cuba and keeps a settlement there.
  • 1774 - Britain's King George III signs the Quebec Act which forbids French in British North America and the practice of Catholicism in all North American colonies. This provokes the Quebecers to join the Patriot cause.
  • 1783 - The United States and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Paris recognizing the independence of the US from the UK, with the USA including Bermuda, Bahamas, Quebec, Nova Scotia, St. John's Island, but excluding St. Pierre et Miquelon, Newfoundland Island, and Rupert's Land.
  • 1798-1800 - French-American War - French harassment of American shipment and impressment of Quebecker citizens prompts a declaration of war. Americans capture St. Pierre and Miquelon off Newfoundland, Guadalupe, Martinique, and French Guiana. In the treaty at the end of the war, Guadalupe and Martinique are given back to France, while the United States keep French Guiana and the other two islands, plus pay France minor war indemnities, and yield all slaves back to France held in French Guiana. First Consul Napoleon's more conciliatory stance, plus American diplomatic 'nicety' led the two parties to come to an amicable solution.
  • 1803 - Louisiana Purchase - With Napoleon needing more cash to fund his European wars, he sells Louisiana, Guadalupe, and Martinique to the USA.
  • 1806 - Invasion of Rio de la Plata - the British invade South America and capture Buenos Aires, and conduct raids down the unsettled coast, dropping troops and settlers to claim the land for Britain.
  • 1808 - the UK and Spain sign a peace treaty ceding the River Plate south and west of Buenos Aires to Britain, along with Colonia north to the Black River, then east to the Atlantic. British Loyalists resettled from North America flock to South America. British settlers on Cuba finalize the boundary between Spanish and British Cuba about halfway across the island.
  • 1812 - British-American War - With British impressment, and trade harassment, the two nations go to war.
  • 1816 - Treaty of Ghent - ends the British American War; the British are forced out of North America and Suriname/Guyana. The Americans recognize British hegemony over Central America and Patagonia, settlements made after the Revolution.
  • 1817 - President Madison revitalizes Alexandria in DC as a booming commercial and diplomatic district, making it a thriving part of DC nightlife.
  • 1823 - Gran Colombia declares independence from Spain. Given aid by American volunteers from Guyana, it sets itself up along the American model, and also leads a number of Americans to move there seeking more land and opportunity. The Americans assimilate to the culture, but they also stabilize against the otherwise authoritarian tendencies of Spanish colonial legacies.
  • 1836 - Texas declares independence from Mexico
  • 1840 - Republic of the Rio Grande declares independence from Mexico, and is aided by Texas in exchange for recognizing the Rio Grande border.
  • 1846-48 - Mexican American War - the US is attacked by Mexio, prompting the Mexican-American War. In the end, Mexico is forced to cede all territory north of Durango/Sinaloa, and recognize the Rio Grande and Texas as US states. In all, Mexico loses about 1,348,218 mi² (3,532,067 km²) of territory to the US, along with recognizing the Yucatan peninsula as an independent nation under American protection, losing about 78% of its territory.
  • 1860 - Civil War - several US states secede from the Union on the election of Abraham Lincoln. Britain concludes a deal to cede Cuba to the Confederates for cotton, but when the deal is found out, Britain retracts this deal.
  • 1865 - Civil War ends, Lincoln is assassinated. Jean Pierre Gasteaux is sworn in as president. He is a Republican from Quebec, and is more concerned with the restoration of the Union. Reconstruction proceeds much better in this timeline.
  • 1866 - Austrian-Prussian War - Austria joins with Hungary to form Austria-Hungary, while Prussia forms the North German Confederation with Luxembourg also. It makes entreaties to Bohemia and Moravia to join, based on their Sudeten German population, but they barely stay in Austria-Hungary.
  • 1867 - US purchases Alaska
  • 1871 - Franco-Prussian War - France and Austria-Hungary fight Germany and Italy. The more modernized Prussian-German army defeats France and Austria-Hungary; Austria-Hungary cedes portions of Bohemia/Moravia to Germany, with reparations paid by Germany for lost land.
  • 1877-1879 - Russo-Turkish War - Another war between the Ottoman Empire and Russian Empire, lasted longer, and drew in the British Empire; as a result, the Greek State was given dominion over Constantinople, and Smyrna.
  • 1912-1917 - World War I - UK, DE, IT fight against FR, RU, OT, AH, with the USA joining in 1916.
  • 1917 - Treaty of Versailles places blame for the war on France, leading to a stewing of the Revanchist feelings.
  • 1938 - France annexes Alsace-Lorraine in a rigged plebiscite; when Germany makes motion for war if the territory is not returned, Britain's Neville Chamberlain mediates the dispute, saying that 'war is never the answer.' Spain invades Portugal and both sign a treaty with France.
  • 1939 - France claims French-speaking Belgium, violating its neutrality. Neville Chamberlain receives a promise from France that it will not move any further. Chamberlain comes back to Britain claiming 'Peace in our time.'

-France declares war on Britain and begins air raids against them.

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