In the pursuit of Knowledge, Historians have long debated among themselves over the correct interpretations of events. This knowledge thus finds itself muddled between the various and competing views of the significance of the facts, or the interpretation of their effects. North American History, chosen for its vivid and numerous clashes of opinions over its short span of existence, compared to the extensive histories of Europe, Asia, and North Africa. No work can claim to be the definitive collection of facts and the complete history of any specific nation or people. What this work shall attempt to handle is the telling of the story of one of North America's most fascinating caveats, the Commonwealth of New England.
The public debate over this nation, and the undue influence it holds among its peers, is the remnants of the strange circumstances and unlikely events that History itself is defined by. This work will not seek to place itself among the pantheon of Histories of New England, rather it will offer as succinct, yet complete, fusion of political, diplomatic, and economic history of this nation.
The scope of this book shall encompass the first European settlement of North America through to where the Commonwealth currently finds itself. I must first take this opportunity to acknowledge those who have assisted me in the formation of this book, first and foremost the Rt. Hon. Distinguished Professor of History Arthur Trucks of Yale University, who has offered me a venerable treasure trove of information regarding the southern New England region, with which this book would not be a possibility. Second, I must thank Johnathan Dempsey, the Chief Executive of the New England Library, who has offered untold access to myself and my staff to their catalog. I must also thank the Rt. Hon. Prof. Alistair Alexander Smith of the University of Cambridge, a colleague of mine whose insight into southern North American history has made possible the pursuant of several research leads. Finally, I must thank my dedicated staff of over twenty researchers and students who have compiled this work over the years with me. Without them, this would be a stillborn idea languishing on its own.
With the highest of regards,
Sir Harold William Harvey Clarke-Harper, KG
Table of Contents
i. 17th Century European Settlement
ii. Growth and Expansion
iii. The American Revolution
iv. Post-Revolution Era
v. Period of Discontent
* H.W.H. Clarke-Harper is a fictional character. Some Institution(s) & Person(s) referenced are done for purposes of fictional authenticity only.
* As a reminder, this Alternate History Timeline is written as a book, which, as always, is susceptible to biases, intentional or otherwise on the (fictional) Author's part. These areas are intentionally crafted in.
* This work will contain both real and fictional citations. Real citations will be in bold.
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