The Colonial Marines (fl. 1814-1816) were runaway Black American slaves who fought for Britain against the US in the War of 1812. They helped to burn down Washington, DC and were later settled in Trinidad with their families as free men with their own land. They are still there, called Merikins.
They are little known in the US. They were even removed from the third verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, a song written by Francis Scott Key about the Battle of Baltimore, which they fought in. Francis Scott Key himself had fought them earlier, on their way to Washington, and lost.
The War of 1812:
- Ontario almost became a US state.
- New England almost became a separate nation.
- Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin almost became a Native American buffer state.
- Georgia and the Carolinas almost became Black American republics.
- The US almost ended at…
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