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  1. Confederate Liberal Well-Known Member

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    You will have to wait and see on that one.
     
  2. Threadmarks: The Fall of the Kingdom of Cuba and Hispaniola

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    The Kingdom of Cuba and Hispaniola 1810-1820 Part I

    By the start of the 1810’s the Kingdom of Cuba and Hispaniola was limping from one political crisis to another. This had started back in 1808 when a populist revolution overthrew the Royalist Govenror of Cuba and placed the Mestizo Francisco Navarro in the Governor’s office. At first the Viceroy Joaquín García y Moreno thought about sending in troops from Hispaniola to restore the Royalist Governor but after Navarro and His Populist Party proclaimed loyalty to the Crown Moreno decided to back down. He did mover the Kingdom’s Capital from Havana to Santo Domingo; however, there was now a very real strain between the two islands of the Kingdom.

    After the Revolution of 1808 the next crisis in the Kingdom would erupt in the spring of 1815 when the Cuban Government Passed the Emancipation Act. This act ended slavery on the Island of Cuba, effective on January 1, 1816 Slavery would end. The Elderly Joaquín García y Moreno decreded that the Cuban law as unconstitutional and informed the Navarro that any attempt to enforce his illegal law would mean his government would be dissolved. To this Navarro responded in a letter to the Viceroy that his government would carry out the will of the majority of the Cuban People. The crisis would drag on until January 1,1816 when the Law went into effect. When reports reach him that the Cubans were enforcing the Emancipation Law Joaquín García y Moreno sent word to Armando Botin the governor of Hispaniola, Franco Pozo Marshal of the Royal Army of Hispaniola, and Admiral Miguel Ángel Puig to ready their forces to Invade Cuba and restore the Royal Authority. This was the Start of the Cuban war.

    February 6, 1816 The battle of Guantánamo Bay

    It took a month to get the invasion force ready but on February 6,1816 the Dominicans Fleet arrives off the southern coast of Cuba. There Just off the Entrance of Guantánamo Bay the Dominicans Fleet and the Cuban Fleet meet for the first time. Both fleets are about even the Cubans have 5 ships of the line, 15 frigates and 11 Sloops the Dominicans have 6 ships of the line, 14 frigates and 15 sloops. However, Admiral Armando Botin was more skilled than is Cuban Counterpart Admiral Benjamín Espinar. The Dominicans drove the Cuban’s off after 5 hours of battle the Cubans lose 3 sloops 1 frigate and have 2 ships of the line captured. The Dominicans proceed to land 56,000 men at Guantanamo. Once the War is started Governor Navarra and the Cuban Parliament officially break with the Kingdom creating the Republic of Cuba on February 15, 1816.

    February 20, 1816 Battle of Halguin

    On February 20th Marshal Franco Pozo and the Royalist Army now just over 65,000 strong after picking up Cuban Militias still loyal to the King. Was march upon the town of Halguin where they find the Cuban Army deployed on a series of hills just to the south of the town. Pozo doesn’t know it yet but he is facing and an army equal to his in size. The Cubans are led by General Juan de Vigoth and he and his mean are motivated to drive the Royalist off of their new Island Republic. The battle begins at 9am with the Dominicans advancing on the western most hill with their flank protected by the small river a little west of the hills. Pozo’s plan is to take this hill and turn the Cuban’s right flank rolling up their positions. The attack works at first 30,000 Dominicans crash into the Cuban flank which is manned by just 15,000 men. Under the weight of the attack the Cubans retreat up the hill. This allows the Dominican Cavalry to charge around the flank and encircle the Cuban positions. All this time Vigoth is not worried he deployes his own cavalry to counter the Dominican Rear attack in the Plains between the Hill line and the Rio Mirardo 16,000 cavalry clash (7,000 Dominican v. 9,000 Cuban) at the same time he orders the western hill reinforced by 20,000 men while at the same time launching his own assault on the Royalist’s exposed Flank. This assault desimated the Royalist flank and the army was only saved form a complete rout by the actions of Colonel Manuel Louis Julips who rallied his regiment and held like a rock aginst the wave of Cuban soldiers. This action allows Pozo to pull his army back in an organized retreat. The Cubans would chase Pozo’s army all the way back eastern Bank of the Cauto River before Pozo was able to establish a defensive line. Here he receive reinforcements in the form of a brigade of Infantry. Still with the offensive sprit effectively knocked out of him.


    Home Front

    Meanwhile back on Hispaniola all was not well. The cause of the war ie: Cuba freeing the slaves had filtered down to the enslaved workers. This would trigger one of the largest slave revolts in history. On July 7, 1816 Slaves all across the Island of Hispaniola erupted into open revolt. With the bulk of Royal Forces in Cuba it didn’t take long for the Kingdom of Hispaniola to be toppled. On September 18, 1816 Santo Domino fell to the Slave army. The Kingdom of Hispaniola was dissolved and the Republic of St. Dominique created by the Committee of Freed People. The Committee of Freed People then elected General Henri Christophe as the Frist Premier of the Republic who’s capital was located in Puerto Prince on the Western end of the Island. With their homeland gone the Royalist Army on Cuba surrenders on September 30, 1816.


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    However to the north The Slave states of the Commonwealth of American States were disturbed by the Events in the Greater Antilles and in Williamsburg plots began about expansion to the South to restore a civilized society,

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    Republic of St. Dominique
     
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  3. Threadmarks: Cuba and Hispaniola II: The World Turned Upside Down

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    Cuba and Hispaniola Part II

    Following the collapse of the Kingdom of Hispaniola in September of 1816 life in the Republic of Cuba returned to normal and by the start of 1817 Cuba had transitioned from a constitutional monarchy to a republic, with the exception that slavery was gone life on the island continued pretty much unchanged. The same can not be said of the Island of Hispaniola. The In the Republic of St. Dominica; life on the Island of Hispaniola had been turned on its head. The new Ex Slave rulers of the Islands had stripped their former masters of all rights and reduced their former owners to a serf like existence, and little protection by the laws of the new Republic. Life for the whites on Hispaniola was truly deplorable, the men were subject to corporal punishment at any time a black or mulatto chose to give them one white women faired little better and were subject to legal rape. When word of this reached the rest of the world the civilized nations were appalled, and none more so than the Commonwealth of American States.

    In the CAS

    Since the fall of Kingdom of Cuba and Hispaniola in September of 1816 a nervous claimer had run though the parts of the CAS. Mostly in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida where slavery was key to their growing Cotton economies. This would lead to the Commonwealth Manifest Destany Party gaining 4 seats in the House of Delegates and becoming the new Majority party by just two seats following the Election of 1817; for the first time since it and the Commonwealth Chartist Party divided the old Allied Commonweatlh Parties (ACP) following the War of 1805. The Commonwealth Manifest Destiny Party was run by two men Major General Andrew Jackson of North Carolina and William Henry Harrison Sr. of Virginia. On March 4, 1818 when the new House was sworn in to office the CMDP Delegates elected Harrison the new Speaker of the House. General Jackson, Speaker Harrison and the CMDP wanted to expand the territory of the Commonwealth. Although they had long eyed at the Republic of Louisiana as the Commonwealth’s natural expansion they now saw an opportunity. The rise of the anti-slavery Republic of Cuba was bad but the birth of a Slave Republic on Hispaniola traumatized the planter class of the Cotton States. So Harrison would spend the next year playing to these fears, by the fall of 1818 Jackson and Harrison felt that they had the votes for war and had even gotten Chancellor Richard Bland Lee (SNA/Va) more or less on board. All they needed was a reason to go to war.

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    Chancellor Richard Bland Lee

    Then two events would occur in Florida that would seem like the answer to their prayers. The first would come on September 11, 1818 when the Family of Antonio de Hernandez washed ashore at Fort Jefferson on Key West. They bought with them first hand experiences of how things were for whites in the Republic of St. Dominica. This was followed two days later by an completely separate even. South of the city of Tocobaga on Hillsboro Bay when a small Slave and Indian revolt erupts in the Florida Everglades. This would be crushed with over whelming force by the Florida Militia however they found innumerous items including national flags of the Republic of St. Dominica. The First hand stories and the military reports about the suppression of the Everglades Slave Revolt. Were presented to the Jointly Assembled Commonwealth house of Delegates and the much smaller Commonwealth Council and Chancellor Lee on October 15, 1818. While the skeptical Commonwealth Charterist Party members wondered out loud if Jackson and Harrison had somehow engineered the slave revolt. No one doubted the stories of the Hernandez family. Once the Hernandez family had been escorted out of the chamber enrout to their new farm on the Hillsboro river a gift to them from the Governor of Florida. Chancellor Lee took the speaker’s Podium and the floor.

    “Gentlemen while I know that some of you believe that it is not our right to seek a war of offense when we neither or northern cousins or ourselves have been attacked. But we owe it to a higher power to seek to aid or fellow man. The events that are ongoing on the Island of Hispaniola this very day are and abomination. They violate the ways that civilized man should act, they also go against the very way that God would have man treat another man. Today I have heard the same evidence as you gentlemen have. I here by formally ask this house to Declare War on the Republic of St. Dominica to restore civilization to that lost island.”

    The House of Delegates would pass the Declaration of War after just an hour of debate. The Vote was decisive, of the Sixty seats in the house 55 voted yes just 5 members 4 die heart Charterist and the sole Anti Mason Party Member. The Commonwealth Council would vote 6 to 0 for war. The next day Chancellor Lee will call a meeting of his Cabinet: Foreign Secretary: James Madison (CCP/Va), Secretary of War William H. Crawford (CMDP/Ga), Secretary of State George Graham (SNA/Va), Commanding General of the Commonwealth Army George Washington Parke Custis; Fleet Admiral Theodorick Lee (Richard's Brother) commander of the Commonwealth Navy, and Major General Joaquín Blake (a Spanish general who had chosen to flee to Florida following the collapse of the Kingdom of Spain) Commandant of the Commonwealth Marine Corps.

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    Chancellor Richard Bland Lee addresses the Commonwealth House of Delegates and Commonwealth Council in Joint Session.

    It was established early on that this would be a large affair, taking no less than 100,000 ground troops to accomplish at the least. It was also established that the best way to restore civilization to this rogue island would be to bring it under Commonwealth protection and administration as a Commonwealth territory. The Army they were assembling was named the Army of Hispaniola they would call for more than General Custis’s recommended 150,000 men. Virginia who maintain
    ed the most well trained and largest professional army of the Commonwealth was called to send 50,000 men and 48 field guns; North Carolina, and Georgia would each send 25,000 men and 24 field guns, and Maryland and Florida, and South Carolina who had smaller populations 16,700 men and 12 field guns Commonwealth General Custis would command the Army of Hispaniola personally. He chose to divide his command up in to four corps. 1st Corp commanded by Major General Henry Lee IV would be made up of three Virginia Divisions (34,000 men w/36 Field guns) and the Maryland Division (10,700 men w/12 field guns) for a total of 44,700 men and 38 field guns. 2nd Corps commanded by Major General Andrew Jackson would be made up of three North Carolina Divisions (25,000 men w/24 field guns) the South Carolina Division (10,700 men and 12 Field guns) 35,700 men and 36 field guns. 3rd Corps commanded by Major General John Wayne Anderson would be made up of 2 Georgian Divisions (25,000men w/24 field guns) the Florida Division (10,700 men and 12 Field guns) for a total of 35,700 men and 36 field guns. The last Corps would be the Cavalry Corps commanded by Major General Wade Hampton II consisting of the Virginia Cavalry Brigade (5,000 troopers 6 horse artillery) South Carolina Cavalry Brigade (6,000 troopers, 3 horse artillery) the Maryland Cavalry Brigade (6,000 troopers, 3 horse artillery ) the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade (5,000 troopers, 3 horse artillery ), the Georgia Cavalry Brigade (6,000 troopers, 3 horse artillery ), and the Florida Cavalry Brigade (6,000 troopers, 3 horse artillery ) for a total of 35,000 troopers and 21 horse artillery guns.
     
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  4. Threadmarks: Cuba and Hispaniola III: Death of a Republic Birth of the first Commonwealth Territory

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    December 2, 1818 The Commonwealth fleet arrives off the coast of the Republic of St. Dominica, with not real navy to speak of the Dominicans had little in the way to challenge the Commonwealth armada. The CAS fleet would split into three invasion groups. Major General John Wayne Anderson 3rd Corps and Major General Wade Hampton II’s Cavalry Corps would be landed unchallenged at Puerto Plata. They would split up with Wayne taking his forces west to Cape Haiti and Hampton moving east by February 21, 1819 they would put down the last pockets of Dominican control in the northern half of the island.

    Meanwhile Major General Lee and the 1st corps would land on the Southern side of the Island and advance upon Santo Domingo On December 5th Lee advance on Santo Domingo. The Dominicans would give battle at the crossing of the Rio Ozama. Later dubbed the Battle of Santo Domingo beginning at 10 am on December 8,1818, Lee’s force of 46,000 faced a Dominican Army of 32,500. Lee’s well trained Virginian troops made quick work of the poorly trained Dominican Army defending the City, driving them back form their defenses at the river and into the city before the Dominicans would hold out for another two days before finally surrendering. Lee granted all full paroles as long as they didn’t take up arms against Commonwealth Forces. Lee also issued the Equality Ordinance This ordinance decreed that the Commonwealth of American States considered all Citizens of the currently on the Island of Hispaniola to be equal and unburdened by what ever their status had been in either the Kingdom of Hispaniola or the Republic of St. Dominica. This Proclamation had been heavily debated in the House of Delegates as the Invasion force was being assembled. The die heart Planters wanted to see the African slaves on the island returned to their original status. The Ordinance would finally pass on a vote of 38 to 22. With the ordinance Lee begins the conquest of the Southern and South Eastern parts of the Island putting down the last Dominican stronghold on March 7, 1819. Lastly was the landing of the 2nd Corps under Jackson, who had used the political maneuvering concerning the Equality Ordinance to secure the capture of the capital of the Republic of St. Dominica for his command.

    The 2nd Corps lands Just north of Puerto Prince marches south. However their he finds the only well trained military force in the Republic of St. Dominica’s military Henri Christophe’s 20,000 strong Dominican Guards, back up by 45,000 militiamen. Out numbered Jackson is forced to lay siege and call the navy in to bombard the city. The siege so consumes Jackson’s force that General Wayne is forced to detach half of his force from Cape Haiti to reinforce Jackson. The Siege doesn’t break until May 8,1819 and then its broken when Christophe leads the Dominican Guards in a break out to the south retreating on to the mountainous southwestern Peninsular. The City will fall two days later on May 10, 1819 but Jackson will not fully pacify his part of Haiti until October 7,1819 when Henri Christophe flees the Island fleeing to Colombia; where he creates the Government of St. Dominica in Exile. On October 21, 1819 with the exception of a few minor flair up combat on the island of Hispaniola has ended.

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    The Dominican Guards Break out of the Siege of Puerto Prince

    On November 1, 1819 the House of Delegates passes the Commonwealth Territory Act of 1819 with for the first time ever creates a new territory administered by the Commonwealth Government Called the Territory of Hispaniola, it will be protected by the a Military force of 24,000 men 4,000 from each state, it will be commanded by the new Military Governor of the Territory Henry Lee IV. Slavery is returned to the island but there is not as much out cry and many expected thanks to the Ordinance of Equality.

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    President in exile Henri Christophe
     
  5. Threadmarks: Cuba and Hispaniola IV: Puerto Rico

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    The forgotten Island

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    While Cuba and Hispaniola were trying to tear each other and themselves apart. However though it all Puerto Rico continued on; as it never recognized any of the successor states the smallest Island of the Greater Antilles became the last holdout of the Kingdom of Cuba and Hispaniola. The Government of the Island met in November 1819 following the conquest of the Republic of St. Dominica by the Commonwealth of American States, they knew they had to decide what they were going to do. They had several choices. They could remain independent, or they could see about willingly join one of the two major colonial empires Britain or France much like the Crown Republic of New England did. Then there was the other colonial power Sweden who owned the Virgin Islands to the east of Puerto Rico. Still yet there were the American nations Mexico, Colombia, The Federal Republic of America, and even the Commonwealth of American States.

    They would spend a year pondering about it and engaging in conversation with the larger nations they were thinking about tying their fate too. Finally on October 28, 1820 they signed the Treaty of Kingston and Joined the British Empire retaining full autonomy within the Empire. The same treaty saw Sweden sell the Virgin Islands to Britain. Together Puerto Rico and the now British Virgin Islands would become known as the British Greater Antilles.
     
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  6. Threadmarks: The Federal Republic of America 1808-1820 Part I

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    The Senate Election of 1807: No Respect, we get no respect, no gratitude

    The Elections of October 2, 1807 would see the most sweeping change in the Federal Senate yet. The lead up to the Election saw a surprising number of strong American Democracy Party candidates who ran against the excesses of the Federalist Party and the “Over centralization of power. Within the Federal Republic” The chief plank in the American Democracy Party’s platform was the direct election amendment which would allow the people to elect the president of the republic no the Senate. Now this wasn’t new it had been part of the party’s platform since George Clinton but for some reason in the fall of 1807 having beaten the British and reclaimed much of the lost territories it took root like never before. October 2, 1807 was a crisp fall day and would see the American Democracy Party take control of the Senate sending the Federalist Party into the minority for the first time since the founding of the country.

    1807 election results (seats taken/the state’s total seats)

    American Democracy Party
    NY: 1/3
    NJ: 2/3
    Del: 2/3
    Pen:3/3
    Erie: 1/3

    Total: 9/15

    Federalist Party
    NY: 2/3
    NJ: 0/3
    Del: 1/3
    Pen:0/3
    Erie: 2/3

    Total: 5/15

    Anti-Mason Party
    NY: 0/3
    NJ: 1/3
    Del: 0/3
    Pen:0/3
    Erie: 0/3

    Total: 1/15


    Meaning that the new Senate when sworn in on March 4, 1808 for the first time since the country was founded the Federalist would be in the Minority in the Senate. As the Christmas holiday passed and the republic moved into the New Year the parties began to sound out their presidential candidates. The American Democracy Party chose New York Governor Arron Burr. Burr had pushed hardest for the party to stump hard on the Election amendment and as its latest and greatest champion he was the natural choice, for an easy victory come March. The Federalist had a harder choice to make they needed someone who could reach across the aisle and swing the Anti Mason and three American Democracy Party Senators. They offered it to Hamilton’s right hand man John Jay of New York who looking at the incoming senate politely declined and chose instead to run for the vacant New York Governor’s office once Burr won the Presidency. So instead the Federalist nominated Richard Paul Burbank the Attorney General of Erie; a westerner and son of a tanner was the party’s best bet at accomplishing the impossible.

    Hamilton and the Federalist now decide to use their lame duck session to pass the Western Territory Act of 1808. This Act divides the reclaimed territory into two territories the Ohio Territory in the east and the Mississippi Territory in the west. This act also sets the path for these two territories to become states setting the threshold for statehood when each had reached a population of 90,000 people and created its own state constitution.

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    Richard Paul Burbank of Eire Federalist Candidate for President 1808


    March 11, 1808

    The Day was an energetic on in the temporary capital of Philadelphia with a 4 vote majority the American Democracy Party was set to elect its first president and change the course of the Republic at least a little. On the other side of the aisle Richard Burbank and the federalist hoped to pull off a miracle. Then the first vote of the day occurred and low and behold it came in Burr 7, Burbank 7. Burbank had done it he had at least flipped one ADP senator as well as the Anti-Mason senator. As the parties huddled in the recess before the second vote the mood in senate hall grew heated. The second vote was held at 11am. This time Burr would carry all 9 ADP votes, Burbank would still carry the Anti-Mason vote for a total of 6. At 11:10 am Arron Burr was sworn in to the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of America. However this would not be the last appearance of Richard P. Burbank from Erie. Burr would appoint William Findlay of Pennsylvania as Consul to the Senate.


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    Governor of New York Arron Burr, American Democracy Party; Second President of the Federal Republic of America.

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    Consul William Findlay of Pennsylvania

    1808-1812

    Burr’s first term would be marked by the bringing of the Presidential Election Amendment to the floor of the Senate. It would pass on June 21, 1809 with a vote of 10 to 5, it would take effect on January 1, 1810 and be implemented for the first time on October 2, 1811 the fall before Burr’s first term ended on March 11, 1812.

    We the Senators of the States of the Federal Republic of America and the people who make up those states. Here by change the Constitution of the Federal Republic of America so that it shall read “The President of the Federal Republic of America shall be elected by the majority vote of the people of the states of the Federal Republic of America. This election shall be held every October 2nd of the year preceding the end of the current President’s term in office.

    After signing the Presidential Election amendment into law Burr would kill two military approbations Act that the Senate passed. This soured him in the minds of many of the military personal of the country and their families. This would see the Federalist reclaim the majority in the Senate in the 1810 elections.

    Senate Election of 1810

    American Democracy Party
    NY: 0/3
    NJ: 1/3
    Del: 2/3
    Pen:2/3
    Erie: 1/3
    Total: 6/15

    Federalist Party
    NY: 3/3
    NJ: 1/3
    Del: 1/3
    Pen:1/3
    Erie: 2/3

    Total: 8/15

    Anti-Mason Party
    NY: 0/3
    NJ: 1/3
    Del: 0/3
    Pen:0/3
    Erie: 0/3

    Total: 1/15


    The loss of control of the senate means that Burr has to barter in order to get his agenda though the senate this would see the passage of the Defense Bill of 1811. This law raised the size of the Federal Army from 55,000 to 90,000 active troops and allowed the State Guard units recruit from a maximum of 35,000 to 45,000 active troops per state. This Defense bill also allocated money for the acquisition of ships for the Federal Navy. The Lake Ontario Fleet was to receive six 24 gun sloops, and two 52 gun Great Lakes Ships of the Line. The Lake Erie Fleet would receive identical ships. The Atlantic Fleet was to receive seven new ships of the line ranging from 64 to 100 guns, twenty frigates ranging form 28 to 48 guns, and fifty sloops ranging from 18 to 24 guns.

    In the summer of 1811 the political parties of the Federal Republic of America began getting ready for the first election of the president to take place outside of the Senate. The American Democracy Party would run Burr for his second term. The Federalist were forced to hunt Burbank was serving out is first year as Governor of Erie and declined John Jay was in retirement at his home in upper New York. After much arm twisting Jay was convinced to run. The In the Run up to October 2, 1811 surrogates of both men crisscrossed the republic making the case for their candidate, while party owned newspapers attacked the other. October 2, 1811 was a cool rainy day though out much of the Federal Republic as the people went to vote to choose who would be president for the first time ever. Burr would carry the day taking 52% of the national vote, Jay came in a close second with 47% of the national vote, and the Anti-Mason Party’s Paul McHenry of New Jersey would bring in just 1% of the national vote. Burr had won his second term as President.

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    John Jay of New York Federalist Candidate for President in 1812
     
  7. Threadmarks: The Federal Republic of America 1808-1820 Part II

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    Arron Burr’s second and third term 1812-1816

    The Biggest event for the FRA during Arron Burr’s second term occurred on June 3, 1812 when John Hancock Hall a gunsmith at the Trenton Arsenal, brought his new breach loading rifle before the Federal Army Ordnance Board. Although many of the senior members were very skeptical of this new rifle the however the commander of the Ordnance Board Brigadier General John E. Wool who ordered a demonstration of the rifle. On June 4, 1812 Corporal Henry Grumman and Sargent Alexander Jarkoff bout carry out the demonstration both were veterans of the War of 1805 and were rated excellent shots. In a ten minuet contest Jarkoff armed with the new Hall’s rifle was able to get off three shots to everyone that Grumman armed with the current Model 1803 Rifle could. Wool would see the rifle adopted as the primary long arm of the Federal Army that day. The Federal Government would by sole rights to produce the Rifle naming it the Model 1812 Rifle. The rifle would prove so efferent that it would remain the standard issue rifle of the Federal army until the adoption of the bolt action Model 1880. During this time the rifle would receive only minor modifications such as the switching from a Flint lock to a Cap lock in the 1840’s.

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    The Model 1812 Rifle

    The Election of 1813 would see the Federalist still keep control of the senate as the sole Anti-Mason senator lost his seat to a Federalist; who held on to all eight of their seats. This election would mark the end of the Anti-Mason Party as a national player in the Federal Republic of America; while they would continue to have a small role to play in state and local governments after 1813 they would never again elect a senator.

    Senate Election of 1813

    American Democracy Party

    NY: 0/3

    NJ: 1/3

    Del: 2/3

    Pen:2/3

    Erie: 1/3

    Total: 6/15

    Federalist Party

    NY: 3/3

    NJ: 2/3

    Del: 1/3

    Pen:1/3

    Erie: 2/3

    Total: 9/15

    Anti-Mason Party

    NY: 0/3

    NJ: 0/3

    Del: 0/3

    Pen:0/3

    Erie: 0/3

    Total: 0/15

    Burr’s second term would demonstrate that he could reach across the aisle and work with the Federalist to get laws passed. On March 1, 1814 the Federal Republic celebrated the completion of the Erie Canal. The Canal linked the Hudson river at Watertown to Lake Erie at Buffalo Ny. The Canal was deep enough and wide enough for an ocean going sloop to transit from the Atlantic to the Great Lakes. The Canal was officially opened at 1pm when a ribbon was cut by the canal’s main backer former President Alexander Hamilton.

    While the Federalist had control of the Senate Burr had the love of the people and he easily won reelection to his third term on October 2, 1815 defeating the Federalist candidate Thomas Dewy the former of Delaware. By a vote of Burr 65% of the vote to Dewy’s 35% of the vote.

    Burr’s third term would be a busy one. On June 7, 1816 the Senate would pass the Freedom Act ending what little slavery still existed in the Federal Republic (mainly in Delaware and Erie). Slaves would become freedmen on January 1, 1817 with the Federal Government paying off the slave owners at a fair price.

    Burr’s next feet in his final term as President was arranging the Wheeling Exchange, between the Federal Republic of America and The Commonwealth of American States. This treaty signed on October 1, 1816 would see the Federal Republic of America buy the Virginia Panhandle from the Commonwealth of American States for the sum of 875,550 dollars. This creates straight border along the Mason-Dixon line between the two republics east of the Ohio River. The bulk of the new land would be joined to Pennsylvania however a 25 square mile block creating a new Federal District around the city of Wheeling. Which was renamed Hamilton after the first president of the Republic. The City of Hamilton would become the new capital of the Republic. A grand new Capital Building was designed and construction would begin on April 2, 1817.

    However the event that would define Burr’s third term was the outbreak of the New English Civil in April 1817. Across the country men clamored to intervene in the conflict on the side of the Republicans. Adm Had another man been president at this time then the Federal Republic of America might well have intervened on behalf of the New English Republicans; however, Burr was a firm believer in the right of people to decide upon their government no matter how distasteful he may find it personally. He would keep the republic out of the war much and in doing so greatly damage his political standing in the Republic. Burr would sign the Anti-American Royalist embargo on the royalist for the duration of the civil war. As the war drug on and it became clear that New England Would be splitting into Burr was the first to recognize the Republic of Vermont and following the signing of the Wolfe-Maxwell Treaty in June of 1818. Burr would personally negotiate the Connecticut River Defense Pact under which the Federal Republic would pay for a series of defensive forts to be build in Vermont and West Connecticut along the Connecticut River. The Federal Army would also aid in the training and equipping of the Republic of Vermont’s professional military and militias. Signed along side this was the Republican Duty Free Trade Pact in which both the Federal Republic of America and the Republic of Vermont both swore to never impose tariffs on goods moving between the two republics. Both of these were signed on July 4, 1819; while both of theses were popular with the people of the Republic they were not enough to same the American Democracy Party from Burr’s sagging approval ratings.

    The 1816 Senate Election would reflect the people anger at Burr

    Senate Election of 1816

    American Democracy Party

    NY: 0/3

    NJ: 1/3

    Del: 1/3

    Pen:2/3

    Erie: 0/3

    Total: 4/15

    Federalist Party

    NY: 3/3

    NJ: 2/3

    Del: 2/3

    Pen:1/3

    Erie: 3/3

    Total: 11/15

    1819 was an election year, and as early as July it looked like it would be a grim year for the American Democracy Party. The American Democracy Party would nominate their Consul of the Senate William Findlay of Pennsylvania, even if he objected at first as he viewed himself too close the unpopular Burr. But in the end he agreed to run. On the other side the Federalist were riding the wave. The people of the Republic were once more looking on their party with favor. Although they had no shortage of men wanting to run they knew they had one really choice; the popular Governor of the State of Erie Richard Paul Burbank. On the campaign trail the American Democracy Party ran on the reforms that they had accomplished during the 12 years they had been in the Presidency. The Federalist ran on a platform of finishing the job of restoring the rest of the old Northwest Territory, and readying the Republic to cast out the specter of Monarchy that Arron Burr and the American Democrats had allowed to haunt once more the homes of their New English Cousins. On October 2, 1819 the election was not even close, Burbank would win 78% of the vote, while Findlay would carry just 22% of the vote. The American Democracy Party would manage to old its four Senate seats, leaving the Federalist still holding its 11 seats an seven seat majority.

    Senate Election of 1819

    American Democracy Party

    NY: 0/3

    NJ: 1/3

    Del: 1/3

    Pen:2/3

    Erie: 0/3

    Total: 4/15

    Federalist Party

    NY: 3/3

    NJ: 3/3

    Del: 2/3

    Pen:1/3

    Erie: 3/3

    Total: 11/15

    On November 7, 1819 after the elections had been officially certified by the Senate Alexander Hamilton passed away peacefully in his sleep in his house in New York City at the age of 64. He would receive a state funeral in Federal Hall in New York City. Perhaps fittingly Hamilton’s funeral would be the last official act for the old capital building of the Federal Republic of America. On January 1, 1820 Arron Burr in a splendid if cold ceremony would open the new Capital Building in Hamilton City. Becoming the first President to reside in the new Federal Palace with its Massive Golden Dome located on Wheeling Island in the middle of Hamilton City.

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    Painting of Hamilton that Hangs in the Presidential Wing of the Federal Palace
     
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    Isn't the new capitol a bit too next to the CAS border?
     
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    good question but the CAS isn't a threat to the FRA they have had a mutual defense treaty since the War of 1805. For the FRA the threat is Britain who they still hold a grudge aginst over the loss of the Northwest Territory before the old USA fell, and Now the Crown Republic of New England. The FRA may not like slavery but most view it as what their cousins do in their home is their business.
     
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  10. Threadmarks: North America Map as of 1820

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    Green: Empire of Mexico
    Dark Green: Russian Empire
    Yellow: Disputed land
    Gray: Federal Republic of America
    Red: British Empire
    Navy Blue: Commonwealth of American States
    Royal Blue: Kingdom of France
    Burgundy: Crown Republic of New England
    Brown: Republic of Colombia
    Dark Pink: Republic of Cuba
    Lime green Republic of Vermont
    Powder Blue: Republic of Louisiana
     
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  11. Threadmarks: The Commonwealth of American States 1808-1820 Part 1

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    1807-1812: Commonwealth Victorious!

    April 14, 1807 Williamsburg, C.G.D (Commonwealth Government District)

    It was a bright and sunny spring day in Virginia as Chancellor Monroe stood and watch the formations of the Armies of the Commonwealth States march past the reviewing stand that had been erected. The troops marching by were clad in the standard uniform of the Commonwealth army blue Jackets and white pants with different colored Collars and cuff representing the state to which they belonged. Each marched behind a color guard made up of the National Flag, and their State Flag. The Virginia force lead the column with General Henry Lee IV at their head, then came South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Maryland and last was North Carolina led by General Andrew Jackson. Monroe couldn’t help but be amazed these boys had stood toe to toe with Great Britain just as their fathers and grandfathers had in the Revolution and had once again come away victorious. Next Month he would travel to Charleston South Carolina for the Navy’s Fleet Review as the men of the one true pan commonwealth force would celebrate its victories over the Royal Navy.

    May 7, 1807 would see the Commonwealth of American States and the Federal Republic of America sign the American Defense Pact in which both countries pledged to come to each other’s aid if one was attacked by a foreign power, however each was not forced to take part in any offensive war started by the other signer. The ADP would become the backbone to close to 300 years of Foreign Policy by both countries.

    June 2, 1807 was a rough day for both Chancellor Monroe and Speaker of the House Madison. At eight o’clock that morning Madison had brought before the Commonwealth Territory Act of 1807. This Act would define how the Commonwealth would administer the Bahamas Territory that it had acquired from Britain during the War of 1805 but it would also seek to regulate the budding colonial empires that several states were founding in Africa to maintain the Unity of the Commonwealth. The bill as presented would grant the Bahamas to Florida, in exchange Florida would agree to end any future colonial ambitions. South Carolina’s East Carolina County would be defined by the Fatala River in the North and the Little Scarcies River in the South Its eastern limit would be 170 miles east of Tombo Island. From this would be developed the Standard Colonial Block of 215 miles wide by 170 miles deep. One colony fitting this scale on the Continent of Africa, would be allowed to any state that chose to settle it. The Last clause read that any land added to the commonwealth after this Act was passed would require the House to amend the Commonwealth Territory Act, to allow for the governance of that new land as deemed fit. The act would passed by the house on June 24, 1807 by a vote of 33 for to 21 against Monroe would sign it into law two days later on June 26, 1807.

    The House of Delegates Election on November 10, 1807 would see the final breakup of the Alliance of Commonwealth Parties. In its place that year would be The Commonwealth Chartist Party and the Commonwealth Manifest Destiny Party, alongside the well-known State Nationalist Parties and the ever present Anti Masons Party. It was also the first election for the new enlarged House of Delegates gaining 13 seats thanks to population growth shown in the census. The SNA became to majority party with 28 seats, The Commonwealth Manifest Destiny Party would be second with 18 seats, the Commonwealth Chartist Party would take 16, and the Anti Mason party would take 5 seats. With a ten seat majority the SNA had no problems electing Thomas J. Reed of Virginia as the new Speaker of the House.
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    Thomas J. Reed of Charlotte County of Virginia Speaker of the House of Delegates


    In 1809 Chancellor Monroe and Speaker Reed call for the House to pass a new naval bill to replace the ships lost during the War of 1805. After three months of debate the Naval Bill of 1809 is passed it sets aside funding for the construction of 8 new Ships of the line, 18 Frigates all of the American Heavy type, 24 sloops of war plus 28 Brigs and some 33 cutters. These ships are to be laid down in the period between January 1, 1810 and December 31, 1815, to stagger the cost. However by 1820 the Commonwealth Navy will have 18 ships of the line, 31 frigates, 38 sloops and numerous brigs and cutters. The Naval Bill of 1809 also sets aside funding for the establishment of the Commonwealth Marine Brigade. This brigade would receive specialized training in amphibious landings like those carried out by General Andrew Jackson during the War of 1805. A young Colonel in the Virginia Old Dominion Guards who had distinguished himself in the siege of Fort George III Winfield Scott was given command of this new Brigade. He was not promoted to Brigadier General as a Brigade in the Army would require as the Marine Brigade was part of the Navy and the rank of Naval Captain and Colonel are equivalent; creating the president where the Commonwealth Marines use Army Rank titles but along the Naval lines.

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    Colonel Winfield Scott Commander of the Commonwealth Marine Brigade

    November 5, 1811 would see the general election for the Commonwealth House of Delegates. With the split now almost six years behind them the Political Parties had almost completed their realignment. The Commonwealth Chartist Party now representing the conservative side of Commonwealth Politics came close to taking the majority with 20 sets seeing several SNA members join the Party, Commonwealth Manifest Destiny Party stood firmly in the expansionist part of Commonwealth Politics took 18 seats While the SNA now starting its slide to a factional party would just hold the Majority with 24 seats. The Anti Masons Party would hold their 5 seats. Thomas Reed would remain the speaker of the house come March 4, 1812. March 4, 1812 would also see the Third Chancellor election for the Commonwealth. The favorite of many in the House was the Governor of Virginia Richard Bland Lee of the Old Dominion Party (an SNA affiliate). The Commonwealth Chartist Party would run Peter Early the Governor of Georgia, while the Commonwealth Manifest Destiny Party would run Edward Lloyd Governor of the State of Maryland. Richard Bland Lee would win on the first ballot with 38 votes, Early would come in second with 20 votes and Lloyd would come in third with 9 votes. Becoming the Third Chancellor of the Commonwealth of American States and the second Chancellor for both the SNA and the from the State of Virginia.

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    Chancellor Richard Bland Lee (SNA/VA)



     
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    Before I post the next chapter I need to make a disclaimer I do not endorse the practice of slavery in any from no do I endorse the use of the science of Eugenics in any form. I also do not endorse the Capitalistic system as it is a system that brings out the worse parts of human nature. But Slavery is a part of the history of our country and as much as I have wanted to write it out of this story with the pod I used it cannot be done; the route I have decided to take in the next chapter and a underlining theme for parts of the Commonwealth's story is much more a rebuke of capitalism than any thing to do with race.
     
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  13. Threadmarks: The Commonwealth of American States 1808-1820 Part II

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    Boom and Bust; Capitalism and Eugenics .

    Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green; all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it. Thomas Sowell

    The decade of the 1810’s is a period of booms and bust where the states of the Commonwealth are concerned. For the Deep South States this period is an ever increasing boom as cotton continues its rise as the cash crop of all cash crop in the American South. The economies of the states of South Carolina, Florida and Georgia start to gear their economy towards the production of cotton. Even with the introduction of the cotton gin back in 1797 the growing and harvesting of cotton is still hard labor intensive work which lead to slavery starting its great revival during the 1800’s and 1810’s. By the 1810’s South Carolina and Georgia owned Colonies in Africa which allowed them to get around the international ban on the slave trade.

    Meanwhile the Upper South States began to enter the early stages of the industrial Revolution as they built foundries and textile mills across the Piedmont regions of Virginia and North Carolina, as well as the hilly country in central Georgia. But the planters in these areas who grew tobacco watch their profits shrink as their cash crop loped from one bust to the next. It was on one of these tobacco plantations in Prince Edward County Virginia where a planter name Michael Pryor(2) read a book called The Grand Works of God’s Nature by Jean-Baptiste Robinet (1) in this book Robinet who had spent the better part of his life studying the way that animals existed in the natural world developed the idea of evolution though selective breeding. Robinet Argued that god’s design for life was that the most intelligent or fittest are the members of the species that reproduce so that the weaker elements get cut out of the gene pool. Robinet also goes into how humans have proven this theory since the beginning of agriculture and animal husbandry by breeding positive traits into livestock and weeding out negative traits.

    Now Pryor came up with the idea to apply this theory to his slaves, he had noted how hostile fresh slaves brought over from Africa could be, wouldn’t it be better to breed a better slave here in America a stronger but more docile slave. Between 1812 and 1812 Pryor and about three other tobacco planters in Prince Edward and Charlotte Counties will begin the great breeding experiment to see if humans can be domesticated like the other beast of burden. Pryor and company start with two breeding types strong masculine males with submissive females or strong willed females with submissive males. This project was slow to get going because of the time it take for human development, it would not be till the 1830’s that Pryor and his sons would see the true results of their work, and start to reap the benefit by the 1860’s Pryor’s domesticated slaves had made his family one of the 5 wealthiest families in Virginia.

    (1) Real person OTL however in TTL he is much more influential and becomes this worlds Charles Darwin 40 years earlier.
    (2) a completely fictional character please don't go hunting though Prince Edward County looking for this guy's living family he doesn't really exist.
     
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    What is the demonym for the federal republic of america and the commonwealth of american states?
     
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    ok 1st off let me say thank you for my new word for the day demonym. I'm planning on doing an immigration up date when I get to the 1840's. At this point the Demographics of the FRA, CAS, and CRNE are very much still of British ancestry. Historically Immigration to America didn't kick off till the 1840's. In this time Europe is actually much more stable True Europe had the Troubles back in the early 1800's, but even they really didn't come close to the disruption caused by our time line's French Revolution. But at this moment much like otl USA They are 75% British Ancestry, exept the african slaves in the south. exeption to this rule would be the southern states that have African colonies, as they no have large populations of free native africans that aren't citizens and are kinda just there doing their own thing for now.
     
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    That's a good question, Federals makes sense for citizens of The Federal Republic, maybe even Republicans. For the C.A.S I have no clue, Commonweathian doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.
     
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    Ok so I'm guessing that I still missed the bus with my last answer thanks to @Dante for his post after which I think I get what yall are asking. Last week and weekend was a long one at work, I"m still recovering.
    So confusingly enough like in most Southern Victory timelines, if you were to ask Blow Joe or Sally Sings on the Streets of Boston (CRNE), or New York (FRA) They are both Americans. now in the south its a more complicated. If you were to ask Blow Joe or Sally Sings in Richmond, Norfolk, Lexington (otl Ky) they are Virginian's then Americans, if they are in Charleston they are South Carolinian, Savannah, they are Georgians ect. Now if they are compairing them selves to say someone form Britain they are American.

    From the out side point of view, Citizens of the FRA are Federals, Citizens of the CRNE are New Englanders, or Royalist to the other American countries. and members of the Commonwealth are called Southerners as a collective

    Also FRA and Commonwealth citizens and press put an o in the abbreviation for the CRNE so its CRoNE and is represented by a haggered hunched old woman in political cartoons
     
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    if anyone is good enought at photshop or drawing to do some political cartoons and wants to just shoot me a PM and we can has out some ideas
     
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    The Royalist crone offers a poison Apple to the Republican Maiden. Propaganda cartoon from the New York Gazette. At the start of the New English Civil War
     
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    I love the idea of N.E. being portrayed as an old crone, it really shows the disdain the other Americans have for their backsliding neighbors.
     
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