- May 17, 2006
The history of the Americas is long and troubled. For centuries on end, natives ruled the vast and sparsely populated continents. When the first Europeans arrived, the reactions were mixed. In time, however, the main interaction between the two groups came to be conflict.
Early settlers had no trouble setting up small villages, but when it came time for expansion, it was also time for fighting. North America quickly became militarized by the United Kingdom. The Eastern coast was thriving. It was inevitable that conflict would occur between different European nations.
France controlled the vast, unsettled (by European) lands of the interior. These lands had a vast wealth of natural resources. France could not afford to exploit these resources themselves, so a strategy of cooperation with natives was favored. It was natural that in the comming wars French lands would act as a safe haven for natives.
Eventualy, things came to a head and France lost Quebec and all of the land East of the Mississippi River, keeping only Louisiana. Many natives fled, but this new land was not ripe for their old lifestyle. Some adapted, but most simply died. All parties involved did their best to keep the old economic system going in Louisiana.
With the only major rival, Spain, being separated by a nice buffer zone, the United Kingdom grew complacent. Eventualy, in 1776, the North American colonies were fed up with the arrogant attitude the home islands held towards them. A rebellion was lauched, that was quickly supported by France, hoping to regain some of the former glory. Unfortunately, petty bickering between factions quickly smashed any hope for success. The rebels wanted all of British North America, the French wanted to regain Quebec and area around Lake Michigan, and the natives had their own infighting to worry about. By the mid 1780s, the rebellion was crushed, and prominate leaders fled to both France and Louisiana.
These rebels had carried with them an idea of freedom and democracy, and ideas never die. Within a decade, the opressed lower classes of France rose up in rebellion, partialy inspired by some ex-rebels in their midst. What followed was a long series of wars in Europe that would change forever the ballance of power. Chaos in France and Spain lead to independence for the majority of both's colonial holdings, if they wern't taken by Britian, who benfited greatly from the chaos. In the end, Europe stabilized, but was still on shakey ground. Many fled to the newly created American republics. The new nation of Louisiana was particularly attractive, as it was already multi-ethnic. Large numbers of English, from the colonies, and French were already there, as well as various natives. In keeping with the traditional French policy, the natives were valueable and vital citizens in this new republic.
It is now 1836, over two decades sense the end of the European Chaos. Louisiana and the American republics prosper, but history isn't done, history is never done. The question is, what path with these new countries take.
Taken from World Factbook in English, Louisiana - 1836
Capital: New Orleans
President: Thomas Reynolds
Offical Languages: English, French, native languages
Outsider Opinions: Louisiana is a scenic rural republic stretching from the Rocky Mountains across golden plains to the Mississippi River. Everyone is treated equaly, even natives. Everyone is very friendly, do not be surprised with invitations to dinner from locals. Reccomended place to visit! - I.B. Wells of England
Borders of Louisiana - 1836