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The Country That Used to Exist Between the US and Canada

The Country That Used to Exist Between the US and Canada


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Build your website for 10% off at http://squarespace.com/hai. The US-Canada border is a work of art—modern
art that is because it looks like a three year old drew it, they couldn’t even successfully
draw a straight line, and it just doesn’t make sense. The fact that this line was so
poorly defined and drawn means that there are still disputes today on exactly what is
the US and what is Canada, but 200 years ago, this line led to an entirely new country arising.
For a short period, about 13 years, all of this area was part of the British Empire.
You see, for the longest while this area of Canada was French but then Britain won it
from the French in the 6 year, 8 month, 4 week, and 1 day long Seven Years’ War.
That began the 13 year long glory period of British rule over most of the inhabited part
of North America but then oops, Britain decided taxes were going to be a thing so the colonies
decided that British rule wasn’t going to be a thing and independence was declared in
1776. The two countries did some recreational fighting for the next seven years but then
they sat down and signed the Treaty of Paris. Not the 1323 Treaty of Paris or the 1657 Treaty
of Paris or the 1810 Treaty of Paris or the 1812, 1814, 1815, 1856, or 1857 Treaty of
Paris, the 1783 Treaty of Paris. That 1783 Treaty of Paris defined in its second article
the border between the US and British Canada and included in that section was the line
defining a portion of the New Hampshire border as at, “the northwesternmost head of Connecticut
River,” meaning the northwesternmost headwater of the Connecticut River. The problem was
that the US and Britain disagreed on what that was. According to the US, you see, the
northwesternmost headwater is Halls Stream which flows directly into the Connecticut
River. According to Britain though, the Northwesternmost head of the Connecticut River started at the
creatively named Forth Connecticut Lake, and encompassed the streams that connected the
third, second, and first Connecticut Lakes and Lake Francis. Therefore, the US believed
the border with British Canada to be this while Britain believed it was this. This inevitably
caused issues as both countries tried to administer this small rural area.
The area would see both Canadian and American authorities acting as law enforcement but
the most pressing issue was that both Canadian and American tax collectors would come and
collect tax. This double taxation was, in the residents minds, unacceptable. Staying
on brand with the American revolution, their residents therefore declared independence.
In 1832, the Republic of Indian Stream was formed. The residents wrote and established
a constitution, started a system of government, passed laws, established taxes, they acted
just as any other country and, at least based off what we know, seemed to do pretty well
considering they were all first time country leaders.
Understandably, the legitimacy of this declared country was and is disputed. Of course, the
process the Republic of Indian Stream went through to declare their independence was
not all that different than the process the United States went through decades earlier
and the US seems to be fairly well recognized today, but the US had more people, guns, and
George Washington’s. British Canada basically ignored the claimed independence of Indian
Stream and continued to send their law enforcement and tax collectors while the US actually seemingly
might have recognized the independence of Indian Stream. The US apparently started charging
import duties on goods coming from Indian Stream just as it would for any other foreign
country thereby confirming its independence. Eventually the King of the Netherlands, who
was acting as an arbitrator between the US and Britain, declared the area part of Canada
and the residents were therefore asked to perform their mandatory military service for
Britain. Indian Stream was having none of that and wrote to the US attorney general
asking to be part of the US, just not part of New Hampshire. The attorney general said
no and that they were still part of New Hampshire so the New Hampshire militia got ready to
invade Indian Stream and take it by force. Canada then said that they would send their
military to defend Indian Stream as they still considered it theirs. After a long stalemate,
though, New Hampshire called Canada’s bluff and their militia invaded and occupied Indian
Stream. It was then, by all measures, the United States and the Republic of Indian Stream
was happy because that’s what they wanted all along, to be part of one country rather
than two. The border was legitimized to make Indian Stream American with a treaty in 1842
and the US went off happily in the sunset never fighting with anyone ever again.
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100 comments on “The Country That Used to Exist Between the US and Canada

  1. USA is best country on earth we invent everything we save everyone we keep world peace we are biggest economy we are biggest military and the best we run world

  2. i live in canada andteacher told us that we will have a history test monday and i didn’t want to study but i found this

  3. i instantly thumbsdown anything sponsored by squarespace. getting real fucking tired of seeing their poorly placed paid ads at random points in the video. not to mention the fact that the ads are ALWAYS 10% of more of the videos length.

  4. The narrator needs to write a book of jokes. The narrator also probably makes a lot of money from the ads he narrates at the beginning / end of the videos.

    It would be fun if I could write a declaration of independence tomorrow, and get recognition from 50 countries to say that my house is an independent nation.

    Sounds like Republic of Indian Stream would have been a cool place.

  5. They say it it was it's own country due to a border dispute…but being from New Hampshire and visiting this area of the state once in my life tells me that it is likely just neither Britain or USA wanted the shithole…I mean all it is is a bunch of flatlanders driving atvs and snowmobiles around a circle because there's nowhere else to go, they probably saw this back in the 1800s and didn't feel like dealing with a town that has one restaurant, grocery store, and gas station.

  6. Oh ok. If I got a nice website, my country can do shady things. The international court will overlook it. Good to know!

  7. if this actually became a country

    it would be the only landlocked country in all of north america

  8. Teacher asks “research the treaty of Paris”

    Student: 🤷🏻‍♂️💁🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

  9. Moral of the story: if you want your own small country in the USA do what they did to start it, but you also need to make sure you have the fire power to back it up and keep it, otherwise you end up like this small country.

  10. I Just Realized That If Britain Didn't Go To War With Her Friend, France, The World Would Be Completely Different O_O

  11. Am I only one who thinks that Canada should of get atleast small part of it? It's just unfair for US to get it whole.

  12. Canada and the U.S are basically the same. Other than Quebec it's the same shit. That border is pointless. We should do an EU style border free area. Because it is so fucking pointless.

  13. My friend stole my diamonds in Minecraft and we started griefing each other. But we signed Treaty of Paris so it's all good now.

  14. Can you really call Canada a super power nation? I mean, yeah it can handle itself but it's not really on the same plane as the US, Russia, and China in terms of military might. It's biggest advantage is that both the US and UK are such close allies that in the off chance Canada is attacked in a war, they would both likely come to it's aid immediately.

  15. "not this Treaty of Paris, not this Treaty of Paris, not this Treaty of Paris, not this Treaty of Paris, not this Treaty of Paris, not this Treaty of Paris, not this Treaty of Paris, not this Treaty of Paris, not this Treaty of Paris, not this Treaty of Paris, not this Treaty of Paris, not this Treaty of Paris, not this Treaty of Paris, and not this Treaty of Paris not this Treaty of Paris"

  16. Fight so they didn't have to pay England Taxes…. nope they fought so the common people had to pay them taxes!

  17. I remember going to a party many years ago and asking my booksmart friends "Name the 4 countries that have land in North America". They all said US-CAN-MEX and gave me a weird look until I laid back and kept saying "Nope! Sorry!". When I told them about St Pierre and Miquelon I remember their minds being totally blown that there was still French territory in North America. Gotta love channels like this and other videos that show how interesting our world truly is. So long live the 4 countries with land in North America: The US, Canada, Mexico, and FRANCE!

  18. I live in that part of New Hampshire so next time someone asks where I’m from I’m gonna say “Republic of Indian Stream”

  19. Say treaty of paris 10 times very fast it sounds like traitor of paris. As in chicken turned and ran. But i'm no history information gatherer of exact and detailed contextually relevent connecting those times and ours…. wheeezez deeply… thereby making a cross contextually accurate representation….drops dead…. everyone cheers ONE MORE UNTELECTUAL BITES THE DUST!!!

  20. "…the inhabited area of North America…" Your European bias is on view for the whole world to see, there fella. All of the Americas were inhabited long before any Norseman ever rowed his way into L'Anse aux Meadows

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