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Old December 31st, 2017, 09:19 AM   #11

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I'm sure there are many people on this forum far more knowledgable on this subject than me but I'll try.

Great Britain hadn't been ruling in Quebec for a long time, they had only taken that territory from France in the Seven Years War, so most of the population was Francophone so many (among the Americans) thought that the population would welcome the end to British rule. Quite amusingly, the Americans also believed that the English Canadians would join them because of the unpopular Quebec Act that gave protection to the French language and Catholic faith. However, it was not only because of that the Americans attacked, Quebec posed a threat. In the past, France would send armies and raiders to attack the then British settlers, so now the Americans feared that Britain would do the same (quite reasonably as Burgoyne's invasion would prove). Canada's joining to the Continental Congress would also show North American unity in opposing the tyrannical acts of the British government. Canada was even described as: "the only link wanting, to complete the bright and strong chain of union". The thing is, the Americans weren't completely wrong, there were some anti-British actions in Canada conducted by the Canadians, but it was not on the scale that the Congress had hoped for. So there were both security and ideological reasons for invading Canada.
You know what? I wonder about the origin of such a strong linkage of Quebec with France. Why English colonists went so West? Leaving the best lands to the French ones?
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Old December 31st, 2017, 09:43 AM   #12

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You mean, why wasn't Quebec taken over by the British? Well, the French came first, Quebec City at around the same time as Jamestown, the first permanent British settlement. And it's not like the British hadn't tried. They actually took Quebec in 1629 but it was returned to France according to the terms of the Treaty of Saint Germain. They also tried during the Nine Years War and during the War of the Spanish Succession, but failed.
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December 31st is HOGMANAY here in Scotland and since time immemorial thus commences the traditonal battle-albeit a losing one- to stay sober on December 31st /Ist January each and every year.
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Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennesee, Dec 31, 1862 - Jan 2, 1863 in the American Civil War. Noteworthy as the scene of the highest casualty rate in the CW - 30% of the combatants were either killed or wounded.
The Battle of Stone's River.
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