I came upon this thought while watching the History Channel - Besides England and France (and the Native Tribes), who else has influenced America and Canada (henceforth known as A&C)?
Vikings - Viking sailors were the first to land in Newfoundland (part of Canada), so it is possible to assume that Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and/or Finland may have set foot on this 'new land'. They would have certainly known about it anyway. Icelandic people made trips here for wood and the Vikings actually made a few settlements along the east coast, down into New England, but ended up not staying. Do you think they had any influence on A&C? I have noticed that, out of all of them (Nordics + France + England) Norway is the only one with an ahoge. If A&C didn't get it from Norway, who did it come from? Their eyes dont really seem to match either, and the Nordics are the only ones with violet eyes. [Unless you count Austria in both, which is a monkey wrench since Austria has no sea access].
Knights Templar - Is there a Knights Templar personification that we know of? Since Gilbert was the Teutonic Knights, it would make sense that the Templars get one too. Anyway, this program I was watching was talking about the possibility that the Knights Templar had sailed to America in the 1300s and built some buildings, claimed land, left weird drawings and markers, etc, and possibly even hiding the Holy Grail here. The reason for all this was that they were escaping persecution in Europe, since the Church turned on them. I think that a Templar-tan would have a very interesting affect on a young America.
Freemasons - I include them because the Knights Templar pretty much turned into the Freemasons. Also, a lot of the Founding Fathers and shapers of America were Freemasons and it was included in their thoughts and architecture. Washington DC especially is just crawling in the stuff. I bet this had a very interesting way of influencing Alfred - secret rituals, 'odd' beliefs in God and religion, deep mysteries surrounding the capital of the country. Although England may have raised him Anglican, I think Alfred would have been drawn to this wider-world view on religion.
Also, Scotland must have made the trip at some point - Nova Scotia, Canada was a Scottish colony until England took it over.
Thoughts? Am I way out in left field with this? Do you see any of these affecting America or Canada?
PS I do want to note my view on America and Canada - I believe that, before England and France divided up the land into what would be French Colonial Canada and British Colonial America, that it was all just America/the New World, and only had one personification. When the land was split, the little boy split into the Alfred and Matthew we know today. This means that, any Viking or Templar visitors would have been dealing with one child instead of 2.
Edit/PS - I totally get that it should be taken with a grain of salt. But on the other hand, who knows, they could be onto something.
Hello there! This is my first time posting something like this here, so let's hope I don't mess it up too terribly!
I'm looking for a one-on-one roleplay partner to play with my America. I'm willing to play with any other characters. I especially would like to play with an England or France, but seriously, if you've got another character and a hankerin' to play with America, by all means give me a shout and we'll see what we can do!
I'm on Mountain time (currently GMT -0600), and I work in the evenings, but right now I'm out of school so I'm around pretty often! I do both yaoi and het, all ratings, and any genre. I especially like light-hearted plots, and things that start off light but end up dramatic and full of awesome, but like I said, I'm up for any genre if you've got an idea! I'm flexible - I just really like playing America. \o\
If you're tapped for ideas, I've been thinking that it would be fun to play something fun and summery - A road trip, camping, beach, vacation in his own place or someone else's... :B I'm also a big fan of cliches, lame as that is, so if you're not opposed...!
The only thing I can really think of that I'm not super keen on is AUs where they aren't countries. I like to keep their nationhood intact. OTHER THAN THAT, I'M COOL WITH WHATEVER, GUYS. \o/
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