On Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 1:45:43 PM UTC-4, JennyB
Post by JennyB
Looking at the figures, it seems I massively
overestimated the contribution of immigration to
The demographics will still be interesting. With
land and food plentiful, yes, the natural increase
in population growth will still be quite large.
However, the composition will be different. Without
additional migration from Europe, in the 20th
century, North America and the southern cone of
South America will be less "Caucasian" with African
and native descendants being a higher proportion of
As will many the rest of Central America and the
Caribbean. There was considerable European immigration
to for instance Venezuela (also Middle Eastern; consider
that one of the leaders of the Venezuelan opposition
is Hector Capriles Radonski, and that Tareck El Aissami
is Vice President). Also Mexico - note the last name of
Selma Hayek. This is in addition to the many Spanish
immigrants to post-colonial Latin America.
to disproportionately decrease
immigration increase in the Caucasian, and most
starkly, Asian, populations in the Americas.
To _almost_ zero... There were some Filipinos in Spanish
Louisiana, for some reason.
Political relations between Canada and the USA could vary.
At this time, there is no "Canada" - there are separate
colonies of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick,
Prince Edward Island, Upper Canada, Lower Canada, and
With the cut-off of Great Britain, these colonies will
become self-governing, and may consider federating, or
just joining the US. Upper Canada is I think very
thinly settled. Lower Canada is restive; the francophone
majority is not happy with anglophone domination. If
Lower Canada decides to join the U.S., Upper Canada
won't have much choice.
In the longer term... the domination of the Canadas by
Loyalist oligarchies eventually provoked rebellion. If
there is no Britain, ISTM very likely that such
rebellions would succeed, and be followed by union with
Rupert's Land will be abandoned; that is, the Hudson's
Bay Co. trading posts have no support or business.
In fact, there's another major change - the fur trade
However, possibly the loss of more
Caribbean sugar islands to slave rebellions
increases the importance of Louisiana and Florida
and Brazilian grown and processed sugar. On the
other hand, on some islands, black strongmen could
probably establish dictatorial power and force
resumption of sugar production for export.
The demand for sugar will crash, with the loss of
European markets. Louisiana's production will be
enough to fill US domestic demand; any additional
demond will be filled by residual production in the
West Indies. I doubt if anyone will bother shipping
sugar from Brazil to North America.
The real Velvet Revolution - and the would-be hijacker.