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Catholic Victory in the Seven Years War by John Lipka

Author says: what if Great Britain was defeated in the Seven Years War? muses John Likpa. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

February 10th 1763,

on this day the signing of the Treaty of Paris by the Kingdoms of Great Britain, France and Spain (with Portugal in agreement) marked the beginning of an extensive period of Catholic dominance outside Europe. Because in combination with the separate Treaty of Hubertusburg signed by Prussia, Austria and Saxony, the so-called "Peace of Paris" concluded the world-wide conflict known as the Seven Years' War, an outcome which particularly favoured the French and Spanish.

Peace of Paris on Catholic TermsThe fighting between Great Britain, France, and their respective allies in North America (known in the United States as the French and Indian War) had broken out in 1754, two years before the general conflict, as part of an Imperial rivalry.

In hindsight, it was clear that the premature loss of the talented General James Wolfe at Louisbourg was a catastrophic setback for the British. As portrayed in the iconic painting "The Death of General Wolfe" (pictured), artist Benjamin West symbolised the loss of such a ruthlessly talented officer which ultimately cost the British the War (West had originally planned to replace Wolfe with Britannia to further emphasise the point).

Ordered to capture Quebec, their forces were thrown into such dissarray that France was able to seize New England, New York City, New Jersey and Pennslyvania. With the south also seized by Spanish forces, all of colonial continental North America was now in French and Spanish hands.

Ironically, the Catholic allies suffered their own near-fatal setback at the outset of the Seven Year's War. The delayed arrival on the Russian Throne of Czar Peter III was too late for his potential ally Frederick the Great who had already committed suicide. And because France did not want Russian power overly extended on the risk of offending their friends the Ottomans, it would be agreed that Russia only gained East Prussia at the Treaty of Versailles (with the rest of Prussia being divided between Austria regaining Silesia, Saxony-Poland gaining Prussian Saxony (Anhalt) and Brandenburg).

Author says based on an original idea by John Lipka, discussions with David Atwell and significant content repurposed from Wikipedia. To view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

John Likpa, Guest Historian of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

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