On Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:30:50 -0400, "Don Phillipson"
Post by Don Phillipson Post by Rob
How would this influence Anglo-American relations in the short run,
and how would it effect long-term developments in the United States,
Canada, and the Pacific region?
The missing ingredients are (1) the calculable benefit to the UK of
acquiring Alaska and (2) its strategic (ir)relevance to the actual
nexus of the Crimean War (viz. competition between Russia and
Ottoman Turkey for control of the Levant.)
Item #1 is characterized by Britain's readiness in 1867 to negotiate
quasi-independence for the Canadian colonies of 1857. This was
when the free-trade "Little Englanders" were hostile to the expansion
of the empire 1750-1850. Parliament was at just that date engaged
with the 1867 Reform Act which enfranchised landless workers. Next
to no MPs bothered to turn up to debate or vote on Canadian self-
government. The Canadians were fully aware of this i.e. suspected
Britain wouod do nothing to resist American "manifest destiny."
This of course is THE major reason why Macdonald and Cartier wanted
the union of the British North American colonies done before the end
of the US Civil War. They expected that American expansionism would
resume once 'the southern unpleasantness' ended and clearly in the
case of Alaska it did.
The Canadian Fathers of Confederation felt that as separate colonies
they too might be next on the list.
I really appreciated your Crimean War scenario since it was a new spin
on the devolution of Alaska that we haven't seen before - original WIs
are always most welcome.
I would assume a force smaller than 5000 men would have been required
to seize Alaska during the Crimean war though really wonder how it
would have affected both the Crimean peace treaty on the one hand and
ongoing Anglo-Russian relations on the other.particularlry in 1878
and the events leading up to 1914.
I can't see the Americans reacting strongly as I haven't seen anything
in print suggesting they were even interested in Alaska before the
Civil Warr. Could it have poisoned Anglo-American relations after the
Civil War? Very possibly.
Certainly General Rohmer would have one less novel to write!