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 Post subject: The Discovery of America: 1397
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:31 pm 
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Okay, this is an idea I came up with based on the legend that the Knights Templar discovered America in the 1300's. I know, weird, right? Nope, there's actually some convincing evidence. 8B Scottish noble Henry Sinclair, Earl of Orkney, who was supposedly a Knight Templar, might have discovered America in the 1390's. In this timeline, I imagine Sinclair's voyage much the same way as it supposedly happened, but as soon as he lands, the breakpoint occurs. And no, La Merika is NOT made up by me. :O

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October 25th, 1397: Henry Sinclair and a group of Knights Templar and Scandinavians land in Nova Scotia, fleeing persecution. The Templar were officially disbanded years before, but there were some who still hung on to the old ways. They followed Phoenician charts captured from the Temple of Solomon during the Crusades. The charts speak of a land that can be found by following a star named "La Merika." They establish an encampment in what we know as Yarmouth in our history.

October 26th, 1397: The encampment receives visitors. 30 natives from the Micmac tribe appear from the woods. Immediately, the Templar draw their weapons and frighten them off. It's just the beginning of tensions.

October 27th-November 20th, 1397: The knights construct a log wall around their base and raise the Templar and Scottish banners in the center of the fort. Natives watch the progress in amazement.

November 21st, 1397: Sinclair allows five natives to trade with his men. Steel axes and shields are exchanged for pelts and trinkets. The natives have an intense dislike of the Europeans after one of the Templars has a fist fight with an Indian trying to steal a sword.

November 25th, 1397: Sinclair and his men hunt in the nearby woods. They spot many unusual animals and plants. Sinclair writes a letter for his friends in Europe to cross the Atlantic. A small crew boards one of their ships and heads back to Europe to deliver it. The message reaches Templar mercenaries in Scotland and King Eric of Pomerania.

May 11th, 1398: A massive fleet of Knights Templar, European outlaws, outcasts, adventurers, and various monks, along with a small army from Pomerania, arrives. Sinclair's men are overjoyed.

May 15th, 1398: A Pomeranian soldier kills a native after he finds him breaking into the fort armory. Violence breaks out.

May 16th, 1398: The fort is christened New Inverness, after Inverness, Scotland. Sinclair leads a joint force of Templar cavalry and Pomeranian infantry into battle against the natives. The natives are beaten badly, and retreat in disorder.

May 17th, 1398: Templar soldiers attack a Micmac village, loot it, and burn it to the ground. The Indians seem helpless against the growing numbers of Europeans.

May 20th, 1398: Pomeranian troops occupy what we know as Digby by defeating a substantial force of natives. They name it Nova Pomerania.

June 12th, 1398: Europe is in a state of shock after word reaches the Pope that the "dastardly Templars" had established a colony across the ocean. Immediately, nations, particularly the ones most loyal to the Pope, race across the Atlantic to grab territory. Even some rich nobles make the voyage for a chance at occupying unclaimed land and making themselves monarchs. Tinpot dictators, Scottish clansmen, and traders grab chunks of land in Greenland, Nova Scotia, and the north-eastern seaboard over the next years.

February 8th, 1400: Henry Sinclair is officially chosen as leader of Nova Scotia by a vote of hands from the remaining members of his original crew. The natives lose one last time to Sinclair's forces in an attack on Nova Pomerania. They are defeated utterly and Templar and Pomeranian soldiers hack them down as they attempt to escape. The reign of the Micmac is over.

February 25th, 1400: Scottish soldiers arrive at New Inverness. No matter what the Pope wants, the Templar have regained their strength and are a force to be feared. They have a monopoly on Nova Scotia, depriving loyal servants of the Church a chance to occupy it. Any loyal Catholics who have the guts to show up and try to make a profit from furs or land are promptly raided or taxed out of business.

Mid 1400: Europeans are still few, but they are growing in numbers very rapidly.

September, 1400: A Portuguese fleet discovers a part of what we call Florida, and names it New Coimbra, after a city in Portugal. The Pope dispatches several knights and nobles to spread the Faith to the natives.

January, 1405: The first primitive maps of Nova Scotia and the Eastern Seaboard are made. They are wildly inaccurate.

February 9th, 1405: Henry Sinclair dispatches an expedition to the main North American continent. They attempt to map what we now as Maine. The expedition consisted of 100 men, and returned with 47.

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 Post subject: Re: The Discovery of America: 1397
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:37 pm 
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Ooh, very nice! You a getting great at making timelines that sound pike they could be actual history. Are you going to write a first hand view accompaniment like with NCWAH?

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 Post subject: Re: The Discovery of America: 1397
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Danke! :D

Oh, yeah! :) There's gonna be a "novel" version.

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 Post subject: Re: The Discovery of America: 1397
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Napoleon wrote:
Danke! :D

Oh, yeah! :) There's gonna be a "novel" version.

Sweet can't wait to see it.

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 Post subject: Re: The Discovery of America: 1397
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fudge wrote:
Napoleon wrote:
Danke! :D

Oh, yeah! :) There's gonna be a "novel" version.

Sweet can't wait to see it.


Thanks! :D Sorry I didn't respond sooner; internet probs...

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 Post subject: Re: The Discovery of America: 1397
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:58 pm 
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Your time lines are outstanding! I've read several of your other WWII timelines of alternate histories and loved them!

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 Post subject: Re: The Discovery of America: 1397
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:36 pm 
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Dirk_Nagel wrote:
Your time lines are outstanding! I've read several of your other WWII timelines of alternate histories and loved them!


Thanks very much! :D Yep, I enjoy doing timelines; it's fun to make them sound like real events. :D

More chapters for my stories coming sometime this week. :)

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 Post subject: Re: The Discovery of America: 1397
PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:25 pm 
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Red = Dominion of Nova Scotia (Colonies of the Kingdom of Scotland)
Green = Ohio (Mixture of Scottish and French culture; descended from failed French colony that crumbled in 1560)
Ice Blue = Wabash (Scottish influenced country that was originally a part of Nova Scotia, but later broke off)
Yellow = Kingdom of Iliniwek (more Indians than whites and under constant threat of invasion)
Cool Blue = Kingdom of Catawba (the wealthiest and largest independent country in the New World)
Bronze = Kingdom of Winginia (Arch-nemesis of Catawba and descended from the first and only English attempt to settle the Americas, became independent in 1700, after the fall of England to the Scottish army)
Purple = Terra de Alfonso (protectorate of Portugal)
Blue = Grand Duchy of De Leon (extremely small country founded by Spanish immigrants; has constant disputes with New Spain)
Brown = New Spain (colony)
Dark Blue = Portugal (colony)


1700: After hundreds of years of confrontation, the Kingdom of Scotland emerges as the victor for land in the New World. After annexing England, they complete their dominance over the seven Great Lakes; the Bonnie Blue Lake, Lake Ogilvy, Lake Macalister, Lake Macbain, Lake Lamont, Lake Morrison, and Lake Brodie. In the deep south, the runner-up for land, Portugal, has ideas of having one last go at a military conquest against Scotland's colonies. In 1600, the Scottish navy destroyed the Portuguese fleet prepared to invade Ireland. Now, the border between the Portuguese and Scottish colonists is connected.

March 8th, 1756: A border skirmish between Portuguese and Scottish militias occurs at São Louis, in the highly disputed region of Wimihsoorita. The Iliniwek army mobilizes its puny army. Scotland and Portugal declare war. The Portuguese and Skraeling War begins. The Skraelings, the Native La Merikans, soon choose sides for the conflict. The Iroquois side with Scotland and the Pueblo side with Portugal. In Europe, the Portuguese and their allies mobilize for an attack on the British Isles.

Switching to novel format next post. :D

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 Post subject: Re: The Discovery of America: 1397
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:38 pm 
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Sweet! according to my Flickr, I played a role in reviving this story somehow

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 Post subject: Re: The Discovery of America: 1397
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:11 pm 
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Thanks! :D I'm looking forward to writing this.

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