Citizens of former pacific shores of USA and Canadá: rejoice! Now you have all become citizens of the República de Chile del Norte
Yes, you will need to learn spanish now... yes, in the chilean variant, one of the most difficults to understand, I'm afraid... and yes, sorry for all the names that will need to be changed...
Like Vancuver becoming Palena and Chaitén.
But you will have the luck of visiting the Moai stone heads in New Easter Island
! -formerly Hawaii-, and so many things more! XD
Just some random thought, that come from a serie of comments with a dAfriend about something completely unrelated.
Now, what I think is really funny
, and as how unlikely it may sound, this in a moment wasn't completely impossible.
Many people of Los Angeles and California in USA know about the "Chilean Wars" and some other local history regarding the Gold Rush and some chilean golddiggers and troublemakers. Much more people know of the USA-México war of the XIX century.
What few people knows, is that Chile invaded México!
Well... not México, but still was back then, "Nueva España", part of the Spanish Empire.
The "First national fleet", the first navy from Independent Chile was sent to Perú -still in spanish hands-, to try to help in the independence of Perú, to expulse the Spanish from one of their last strongholds of southamerica: but due personal conflicts between the admiral of the chilean Fleet -Lord Cochrane- and the general of the Chilean-Argentinian army, San Martín, this second refused one refused to give to Cochrane the payment to the sailors -so Cochrane took all the public money from Lima, loaded it on a ship, and while San Martin cursed him for taking the money, he decided the navy hadn't anything to do anymore in the shores of Perú, and sailed to the North with his 4 ships to hunt down the last 2 frigates of the once powerful spanish navy in the Pacific.
...And they sort of ran out of supplies, and end in México looking for dry meat, without much luck, in february of 1822.
For around then, Mexico was becoming independent from Spain, but wanted to become a Kingdom and offered the crown to the same spanish King, Fernando VIII, and México was more or less in a difficult peace due the "Plan Iguala", some sort of truce between indepentists and loyalists, and after an incident where a chilean commander of the fleet was taken prisoner by mexican loyalists in Acapulco, which almost sparked an internacional incident, as the chilean fleet ordered to bomb the city, but thanks to the mexican autorities and Agustín de Iturbe, it was avoided conflict. For the moment.
hunting for the spanish frigates -and the dry meat-, two ships of the chilean fleet sailed to California, who was by then a rather unpopulated territory, with religious misions, native americans and one and other fortress -"presidio"-, not being a truly organized territory... and there hadn't been the Independencia, and where mostly loyalists, who still used the spanish flag... which sort of gave the idea to the Chilean ships send there under the orders of Wilkinson, to attack and seize the supplies they desperately needed... and then somebody seemed to get the idea to get California to become independent. Under their tutelage, of course.
The problem was that the Californians didn't exactly wanted to become independent, and less by the hands of the chileans who arrived sacking protected by the guns of their fleet, so in some minor skirmishes, finally the sailors where forced to return to their ships, and leave with their dreams of an independent California...
However, this historic anecdotic data did have political repercusions: Scared by what the attack of the Chileans, the military governor of California -don Fernando de Toba- decided to avoid further incursions of the rest of the chilean fleet, to swear loyalty to México and the "Plan de Iguala", specially as they feared that knowing the death of chilean sailors in a skirmish, the Chileans will return: better to Mexicans than spanish, in such case!
According to the Mexican Historian, Pablo Herrera Castillo, Wilkinson (the english commander of the two chilean ships in this desventured indepentists adventure in California), wanted that the independence would be in name of Chile, and don Fernando de Toba, in name of the Mexican Empire.
There would be more skirmishes between the Mexican and Chilean, until they finally retreated, accepting that California was now effectively independent, but part of México...
and all of this desventured anecdotic situation will be in the end completely forgotten by Chile and México, and by USA, who doesn't really seem to care much of the pre-USA history of California and other former mexican territoiries they hold.
As said, neither this will be the last time the Chileans will be causing problems, lost in the north of the pacific, during the XIX century!