Thursday, 2 April 2015

Why The USA, Not Britain, Is The Super-Power

The Seven Years War (1754-63) was a worldwide struggle over a period of 9 years for world domination between Britain and France. The former was victorious. In accordance with principles of the Concert of Europe, Britain should have granted generous terms to its defeated enemy to prevent the latter fighting a future war of revenge. Instead Britain did the reverse and imposed punitive terms, depriving France of the whole of its North American empire (Louisiana and Quebec).

Horace Walpole correctly predicted the disastrous consequences, Britain’s American colonies no longer needed British protection and thus refused to pay taxes. Thirsting for revenge, France assisted them throw off British rule during the American War of Independence (1775-83).

If Walpole’s advice had been heeded, France would have been allowed to retain at least Quebec (which, in any event, remains Francophone). Britain, as protector, would have retained its American empire and status a super-power. Instead, its hegemony was replaced by that of its former colonies, the United States of America.

1 comment:

  1. Surely the French kept louisiana until the Americans purchased it in 1804?