Originally posted by phil3000
What if the Pilgrim settlers had never left England ?.
What would north America be now ?
North America French or Spanish ,how would that have effected the world from the 17th century onwards ?
The Dutch had a presence in present-day New York that they likely would have expanded to include much of the Eastern Seaboard, while the French would have taken over the bulk of the North American interior. Spain would have kept what it had, including what is now the American Southwest. But don't forget Russia: it was colonizing North America by way of Alaska all the way down to what is now northern California, and I think it's more likely it would have retained a robust presence in the western half of North America, seeing as Spain had little interest in pushing farther north, and France would have had trouble expanding west across the Rocky Mountains and deserts. Perhaps Germany, once united in 1871, would have made a play for some New World territory without the Monroe Doctrine in force.