2017-05-13 14:49:34 UTC
This what if is inspired by a certain tension in what-if's about the 7 Years War and French & Indian Wars.
On the one hand, there's a near-consensus that for reasons of their demographic/population lead, Anglo-Americans are ultimately destined to eclipse and territorially expand at the expense of Franco-Americans and Amerindians.
On the other hand, there was contingency aplenty in the global 7 Years War, a British victory on all colonial fronts was not foreordained, and a French-led coalition victory in Europe is quite plausible.
So, it seems to me that a timeline where France and its allies win against Prussia and Hanover in Europe, and where France gets stronger in the Caribbean, Africa and India, expanding at British expense, easily could have happened, but nonetheless, France is unlikely to occupy any of Britain's 13 colonies, and eventually local demographic factors will mean colonization of areas beyond the Alleghenies and Appalachians to the Mississippi will become irresistible.
Do you all agree with this latter premise?
If so, by what point is the Anglification of the trans-appalachian west going to happen? In this alternate world, even if France remains ahead of Britain as a global power, we would suppose that locally driven expansion from Anglo-America would see english-speakers "Texas the shit out of" the Trans-Appalachian West.
If France won 7 Years War, when would Anglo-Americans "pull a Texas" over Trans-Appalachia?