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    I routinely threaten Brits with revenge for 1812. Otherwise, they'll cop an anti-neo-imperialist attitude against American policy.
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    Colonials?
    I'm pretty sure this was a later word, more likely to be said of Australians in the 19th century. "British Colonists" was the preferred term, I'm pretty sure.

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    okay approaching this from a slightly different angle.

    lets get this straight - basically there was nothing to distinguish you guys from Canadians to the north? basically you were all just a collection of states and provinces that were all inhabited by what would contemporarily been known as "british colonials" or "british subjects"??

    or is that the part of Canada that is French- immediately north of the 13 colonies. hence maybe it would have been known as "French America"??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detective Mike Logan View Post
    okay approaching this from a slightly different angle.

    lets get this straight - basically there was nothing to distinguish you guys from Canadians to the north? basically you were all just a collection of states and provinces that were all inhabited by what would contemporarily been known as "british colonials" or "british subjects"??

    or is that the part of Canada that is French- immediately north of the 13 colonies. hence maybe it would have been known as "French America"??

    It's overly simplistic of you to believe that Britain ever truly ruled all of the American continent. Britain was certainly a big player in America a few hundred years ago, but they were hardly the only European nation making land grabs here. The Canadians never revolted against British rule, and yet, a significant portion of Canada remains culturally French to this very day.

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    why wud I assume that when I clearly mentioned French America in my previous post??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Detective Mike Logan View Post
    why wud I assume that when I clearly mentioned French America in my previous post??

    I did notice your "mention" of the French -- right before you once again pronounced that we were all British Colonies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    I did notice your "mention" of the French -- right before you once again pronounced that we were all British Colonies.
    Britain and france had colonies in north America yes. spain dominated most of central and south America. Portugal - brazil region.

    I think Holland had a couple of colonies as well in the carribbean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    What about you, allegorical fact?

    Are you a Sussexian, a UKian, or just a plain old Brit?
    Why I'm a Limy, a Jute, an Anglo Saxon, a pom, an English Woman, a British Citizen and etc but I am not a Brit! me old China =China Plate= mate :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detective Mike Logan View Post
    NO need to refer to him as sussexian because in this time period we have a country called England or Britain.

    if u wanted to refer to him as his county name then you could call him that. I would be hertfordshirean I guess.
    I am a she and don't come from Sussex anyway --- just landed here. I am I suppose though a Londoner, if birth places define us.

    And ps ---- Nightswimmer and I are old forum friends and he is teasing me, me thinks. He knows I hate the title Brit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    It's overly simplistic of you to believe that Britain ever truly ruled all of the American continent. Britain was certainly a big player in America a few hundred years ago, but they were hardly the only European nation making land grabs here. The Canadians never revolted against British rule, and yet, a significant portion of Canada remains culturally French to this very day.

    Knight why are you being so defensive --- the question is one of History not a definition of what any of us are but - in fact, what were the peoples who had settled in the Americas called, before they were an Independent State(s) or a United States of America, by the Europeans --- it is a point of interest from a historical pov.
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