The British empire was the largest empire in history and was called 'the empire which the sun never sets'. So what if Britain colonized even more? What would be some potential British colonies?
At that time one would not speak of the French crown as an English colony, whether in settlement or exploitation a society of the Middle Ages could not create colonies as Europeans would do in America and later in Africa.France? (wins the 100 year war). Afther that all bets are off
Absolutely agree, we could get them to colonize the moon and Mars!We need to define a PoD range, otherwise the answer is EVERYWHERE!
Add in the United States for a world where Napoleon doesn't escape from Elba and the US is crushed in the Anglo American War of 1812 - 1816. (yes I know it ended in 1814 otl with the Battle of New Orleans fought after the treaty was signed) I'm sure Mexico will provide some excuse to take the territories they lost in their war with the US.
SOmething like Austria/Hungary perhaps? Many minions (French nobels) would definitly fight english influences yes, but certainly aquitane and Normandy would eventual turn, flanders would claim to have never been French in the first place, brittany would say that Germany had a closer connection to france then even brittany. But you can see that england holding on to france would change the colonial story, yes?At that time one would not speak of the French crown as an English colony, whether in settlement or exploitation a society of the Middle Ages could not create colonies as Europeans would do in America and later in Africa.
And in terms of influence, there is a strong chance that the victory of the Plantagenets will provoke the opposite, a "French" and continental culture being exported to the British Isles.
On the other hand, a union of the two countries that manages to maintain itself would be a colonial player comparable to Spain in the 15th and 16th century. Moreover with France and England united they would no longer be competitors.
It depends on where you stand after the union is formed. At first like OTL France and Great Britain there will be regional cultures, but then if they enter a modern era like ours with a homogenization of cultures I think France will influence the culture more than England (for economic and demographic reasons) but this alternative French culture will be much more influenced by English culture and would probably be unrecognizable. On the other hand, under no circumstances will France or England be able to "colonize" the other, during the Hundred Years War most of the "English" in Aquitaine were Gascons for example (that's why there are probably more English now in 2020 in France than during the Hundred Years War).A Personel Union perhaps? Many minions (French nobels) would definitly fight english influences yes, but certainly aquitane and Normandy would eventual turn, flanders would claim to have never been French in the first place, brittany would say that Germany had a closer connection to france then even brittany. But you can see that england holding on to france would change the colonial story, yes?
I think that colonisation of the Franco-British union will be boosted because they will have more means to launch expeditions and one rival neighbour less.did Franco-English rivalry promote english/britisch colonization?
Also the english tolerated foreign cultures better (not good) like Welsh scot and irish better then the French theirs still the potential for rivalry
Burgundy would be the Obvious one when england absorbes france, and Anjou napels married to a danish king could also be interesting but not what the thread is abouthEven if there is one less rival with France in union, there are still the Spanish and Portuguese. Moreover, there could be an alternative rival that manages to grow in importance.
Wales, scotland and irish are still their own languages and people are generally proud of it. I also believe that they are faily well represented in the colonies, people often forget that it was not spain that discovered america but castile and that the true spanish colonization happend under the spanish habsburgs that included the spanish Netherlands in fact Philip the handsome and charles V where born in the Netherlands but nobody would even suggest theirs Netherlands influence in south america.As far as English tolerance to other cultures is concerned, I have my doubts. You can see it in the fact that Scotland, Wales and Ireland all speak English for example. And the fact that France is seen as much harder on other cultures comes from the Revolution and the Republic.
because they where insane, cruel, stupid etc regarldles they did work.there were already efforts at homogenization but they never really succeeded.
I assume a French-english block against a habsburger block here but that is fighting in Europe not colonization The Original post was abouth the english being better colonizers taking france would have been a Obvious good move.Another important detail is how the monarch leading the union is doing. If he disadvantages one of his two crowns, the one who feels left out could very well rise up and ask for foreign help. A eu as in Spain in 1640 with Portugal and Catalonia.