It’s not long until ACIII is out and we are finally brutally annihilating anything remotely templar related, though the colonial America setting has potential for not only butchering the British, but also other European colonies that battled it out before the American Revolution began.
Connar’s timeline dates from 1753 to 1783. Early on in that timeline, European immigrants had settled in much of America from the promise of cheap land, economic pressure escape and religious inequalities. Britain, Spain and France were the European powerhouses whose colonies covered much of much of the land.
•The French Empire extended from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River mouth, eastern Canada. They looked to contain British expansion and profit from the North America Fur Trade.
•British settlements scattered along the Atlantic seaboard, covering much of Canada and eastern America settlements, including Boston and New York.
•The Spanish were the first to colonise America in the 1500s and settlements were established in Caribbean in Mexico as well as from Florida to California.
Britain vs France: Two Powerhouses Lock Horns
European powers jostled with one another over territory and competition for strategic trading route lands was fierce. In 1754, Britain declared war on France over disputes in the Ohio River Valley.
Thus, the French and Indian War started.
Native Americans took sides for both empires, usually due to the promise of land and trading rights. Consisting of guerrilla warfare of small skirmishes and surprise attacks, Indian nations became pivotal allies in battle.
•The Iroquois tribe sided with Britain
•Their staunch enemies, the Huron and Algonquin, fought for France.
British presence in colonies became very apparent as they drafted in American men from various colonies fight alongside British militia. American and British officials disagreed often, sparking an uneasy relationship between the colonists and British military organisations. Just one reason for the American Revolution!
The war lasted from 1754 to 1763 and in spite of early French victories; Britain gradually gained many French colonies; largely thanks to the new secretary of state, William Pitt. In 1757, he committed huge resources necessary to defeat the French both in North America and mainland Europe, resulting in 50,000 men in uniform in North America, equal to the population size of New France.
After penetrating the heartland of New France at the start of 1758, Montreal was finally taken in 1760. France ceded West Louisiana soon after and its presence in America was reduced to Saint Pierre and Miquelon, confirming Britain as the dominant colonial power.
Victory! At What Cost?
The victory was won, but with massive debts incurred. It was decided the American colonies should pay taxes as other British citizens did, despite having no presence within British parliament back on the mainland. Americans vehemently disagreed. Things began to get heated soon after…
What to Expect!
The leaks Ubisoft have given us seem to indicate the main action will be between Britain and America but there is surely tremendous potential for the inclusion of the other European powers before the American Revolution beginnings in 1775. Working against both forces, as well as native Indians allied to each side could bring interesting storylines and infiltration sequences into European based colonies.
So what cities would you especially like to explore in colonial America? What role will the native Indians have in the ongoing assassin versus templar war? Regardless, by the looks of it, British redcoats are going to be dying in masses come 30th October. Keep tuned for the Native American backlash next time and let us know what you think!