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by on October 17, 2009 at 12:26 pm in History | Permalink

Canada was sarcastically known as "the Irishman's Prize", and there was talk in 1763 of swapping it for the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

That is from James Belich's Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo World, 1783-1939.

John October 17, 2009 at 1:54 pm

From the Quebecois perspective, the French betrayed them by NOT trading Canada back in exchange for Guadeloupe.

Recall that they had just taken Quebec during what in America is called the French and Indian War, so he’s actually just describing the bargaining that was taking place at the Treaty of Paris. They would have been swapping a possession they’d had for maybe 4 or 5 years.

To quote wikipedia:
France chose to cede Canada, and was able to negotiate the retention of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, two small islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and fishing rights in the area. The economic value of the Caribbean islands to France was greater than that of Canada because of their rich sugar crops, and they were easier to defend. The British, however, were happy to take New France, as defence was not an issue, and they already had many sources of sugar. Spain, which traded Florida to Britain to regain Cuba, also gained Louisiana, including New Orleans, from France in compensation for its losses.

Seward October 17, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Well, the French Caribbean colonies were far more profitable; of course, it blew up in the faces of the French come the revolution.

buy r4 January 28, 2010 at 12:01 am

I have always thought it strange that in most places the Post Office charges for a box in the post office where it is cheap and easy to deliver mail, but delivers it to your home free. Wouldn’t it make sense to do it the other way, charge for delivery and give the PO box free?

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