Kind of an obscure question, but what do you y'all think would happen to what became the US Virgin Islands in a timeline where Britain and France aided the CSA in successfully seceding?
Problem is, a Confederate Cuba would likely break the CSA appart from internal political divisions, plus the stress of suppressing a revolution on a mountainous Tropical island.It depends heavily on the capability of the CSA's military and economic power and the strenghth of their fleet. If the Confederate Cuba cliché is already fulfilled, the CSA does have a rather good springboard for further expansion in that part of the Caribbean, including the area of the Virgin Islands, since they are relatively close.
That's a very good observation. By the by, the USVI were also the birthplaces or domicils of several influential painters, IIRC. Cultural and political history could see some notable butterflies if the fate of the islands is different.Another reason I ask this question is because a few prominent early Black nationalists came from the USVI OTL, including a few Garveyists, so they could be either butterflied away, a thorn in the CSA's side from the US if they emigrate to New York as per OTL, or less likely, somehow get the wherewithal to agitate from within the CSA.
Exactly. Those are some of the reasons why a succesful CSA expansion into the Carribbean isn't all too realistic. Maybe if the CSA really convinced or coerced the locals to bow to their new overlords and gave them some false sence of autonomy within the CSA - just maybe - it could work. But I still think it's a far-fetched assumption. And as I said earlier, it's not just about the military fleet, but the merchant marine as well. Having colonies in the Carribbean is worthless unless you can regularly transport raw resources, goods and people from and to them.Problem is, a Confederate Cuba would likely break the CSA appart from internal political divisions, plus the stress of suppressing a revolution on a mountainous Tropical island.
And that's assuming that Spain, the UK and Union all don't have a problem with the Confederacy taking the place over (which would trigger another war, and one the CSA certainly can't win.)