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American Revolution 1763-1789 The birth of a new nation - to commence at the Proclaimation of 1763 to the end of the Articles of Confederation.

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I doubt that Britain really ever could have won. They were more than capable of waging a much longer war, especially after Yorktown.

The struggle was for Parliament to deal with the idea that Englishmen were killing Englishmen. All of England's colonial wars were much bloodier than the American Revolution (I am generalizing here I admit) due to the fact that the Englishmen didn't have as much of a moral quandary of wiping out non-Englishmen.

After Yorktown, Parliament simply couldn't stand the thought of more Englishmen dying.

However, respecting the OP's request for an alternate timeline, I believe that if the British won, they would have been mired in a Guerrilla War over here throughout all of the 18th and 19th centuries.
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I doubt that Britain really ever could have won. They were more than capable of waging a much longer war, especially after Yorktown.

The struggle was for Parliament to deal with the idea that Englishmen were killing Englishmen. All of England's colonial wars were much bloodier than the American Revolution (I am generalizing here I admit) due to the fact that the Englishmen didn't have as much of a moral quandary of wiping out non-Englishmen.

After Yorktown, Parliament simply couldn't stand the thought of more Englishmen dying.

However, respecting the OP's request for an alternate timeline, I believe that if the British won, they would have been mired in a Guerrilla War over here throughout all of the 18th and 19th centuries.
It had a great deal to do with having to withdraw resources to then deal with a more pressing threat to then more vital territories from Britain's European allies. You are correct though in that many thought this second civil war to be a disgrace and many felt entirely unnecessary. Without the French and then Dutch involvements, I can see the crown putting this insurrection down. The rebels did not have universal support, about a 3rd if memory serves so guerilla warfare is not necessarily on the cards but only if London then gets its act together sorting out a better deal for the colonies. I think that could have been very feasible till North America went independent again like Canada did, some years later. Still going to be powerful, still going to be a democracy..
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