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Editor says, after the abortive American rebellion, Great Britain adopts a more aggressive settlement policy as one means of pacifying the colonists for the long term. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Liberty Fails thread.
In 1808,the "Leap Year Day Massacre": American settlers in the Ohio Territory are attacked by hostile Indian tribes.
Leap Year Day MassacreMany are killed. When news of the slaughter reaches colonial authorities, British troops are dispatched to "restore order" and avenge the settlers' deaths. Dozens of Indian villages will be burned to the ground and their inhabitants killed. In the aftermath, the British will repudiate the tacit understanding which had existed between them and the tribes that white settlement would be restricted and the natives' sovereignty respected.
Ohio will be formally organized as a British colonial province, and the offending tribes' lands will be confiscated.
The result of this action will be a series of bloody so-called "Indian Wars" which will seriously harm relations with what had been friendly tribes in Ohio and the neighboring Michigan Territory. As one result, British negotiations to acquire formal sovereignty over Michigan will collapse. They will not be resumed for more than twenty years, after the deaths of several key tribal chiefs.
Editor says, this event never occurred at all in our history. It's a "butterfly" following the collapse of the American Revolution in the 1770s because of Southern rejection of the Declaration of Independence due to Thomas Jefferson's refusal to excise a assage condemning the African slave trade (a passage he reluctantly cut out in our history). Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.