BRITISH NORTH AMERICA

 

British North American Colonies: 1775

Although it is hard to read old maps - and especially electronic copies - note the darker coloured land between the Appalachians and the Mississippi River. This land had been agreed to be set aside by the British (at Sir William Johnson's urging) for an Indian country to be called Transylvania. (Map makers must have had plenty of business, since none of these 'dreams' took place.) West of Transylvania was still Spanish Louisiana in 1775.

Canada then consisted of Québec and lands to the west and south-west bounded by the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Confusion at a prior treaty with France, created the British colony of Nova Scotia out of Acadia (to be re-divided later), and Newfoundland with uncertain north-western boundaries with Québec. Across the top is shown to be Hudson's Bay Company territory (still then called Rupert's Land).

The Floridas are shown as British, although they would soon revert to Spanish (1781 and 1783) and then to America. Most of the Thirteen colonies changed their boundaries after the Revolution.

Endnotes

1          http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/shepherd/british_colonies_1763-76.jpg.

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