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Old Posted Aug 16, 2018, 4:02 PM
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Originally Posted by JHikka View Post
This is probably one of my favourite alternative Canadian history angles. The Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842 determined the border between the United States and the British North America colonies:


The red dotted line was the British claim during the negotiations. The green line is what we eventually got. Having this extra Northern Maine land doesn't directly change much ecnomically but it does provide for a larger corridor between the Maritimes and Quebec and allows for more direct access to markets like Quebec City and Montreal, which would have most certainly made trade with Canada much easier on the Maritime provinces when Confederation was achieved two decades later.

As an example, the current distance from Fredericton to Quebec City today is roughly 531km via Route 2, Route 185/85, and Route 20. A theoretical highway from the same starting point that cuts through from Florenceville-Bristol to Sainte-Justine/Lac-Etchemin and onto Quebec City is 429km, or roughly 100 fewer km.
The Intercolonial Railway likely would have been built years sooner, and to Saint John. Or the Grand Trunk would have been built there instead of to Portland ME. The Trans-Canada Highway would have had a much more direct route to the maritimes. Any way one looks at it, it would have hastened development of transportation routes and served to better integrate the maritimes into the national economy.
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