Have you ever wondered about what might have been if certain scenes in history had gone a little differently? Today Sharon Bayliss is here to give us an alternate history lesson based on her new book, The Charge. Without further ado, I’ll let her take Charge (ha ha).
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A big thank you to Charissa for welcoming me to her blog and for her great review of The Charge! Since she’s from the Western U.S. – the “Wild West” if you will – I decided to put together a guide to the geography of the other West, as featured in my alternate reality from The Charge.
In The Charge, Texas never joins the United States and instead becomes it’s own nation — a monarchy. At this time, much of the West was still under Mexican control. In the real timeline, the U.S. wins this land from Mexico in the Mexican-American War. However, in the alternate timeline, it’s Texas that fights for this land and wins it, making much of the Western U.S. part of the Texas Empire.
The border of the Texas Empire is the border of Spanish Mexico created by the Adams-Onis Treaty (with the exception of Colorado – which was taken by the U.S. in the Gold War of 1858). The Empire includes all of real-world Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Oklahoma’s panhandle, part of Kansas, and a small part of Wyoming. Later, The Empire also acquired Louisiana and Arkansas during the Civil War.
So would you be living in the Empire or the U.S. in the alternate world?
If you are living in the Empire, here is a guide to which territory you’re living in:
Texas Territory – Shaped like the Republic of Texas from 1836 (see map above, that’s right, the Lone Star State has lost it’s recognizable shape in The Charge.)
New Mexico Territory – Shaped like the southern half of the New Mexico Territory from 1850, includes Arizona, New Mexico, and the bottom part of Nevada. Yes, there is no Arizona in The Charge. Sorry guys. 🙂
California Territory – Same as real modern-day California.
Territory of Deseret – Modern day Utah; In 1850, the second King of Texas, signed an agreement with Mormon leader Brigham Young to create the Territory of Deseret. If you know your history, you know that this is based on very real history. In 1849, LDS leaders proposed the State of Deseret but the U.S. never recognized it.
Nevada Territory – Most of modern-day Nevada; Although it seemed that Wilde’s handing over of land to Young was a sign of relinquishing control, Wilde had cards up his sleeve. He had his reasons for only giving Young the Eastern half of the Utah Territory. He knew that the western half included substantial gold and silver deposits, and made this land into the Nevada Territory and kept it under Wilde control.
Navajo Territory – The northern half of the New Mexico Territory; The second King of Texas signed over half of the New Mexico Territory to Navajo Chief Maneulito in 1858, in a treaty intending to end Navajo/Texan fighting in the New Mexico Territory, giving Maneulito Lordship over the area. This idea was inspired by the real Navajo nation.
Louisiana & Arkansas Territories – Shaped just like the real states.
So there you go! Did you find where you would be living in the alternate timeline? I hope you enjoyed the alternative take on the geography of the U.S. based on real history. Thanks again for having me, Charissa.
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You’re welcome, Sharon. I, for one, am quite happy with the current boundaries, but it was fun to read about the changes in The Charge. Here is more info on Sharon’s new book and a giveaway:
When King of the Texas Empire kidnaps Warren’s brother, Warren embarks into a still Wild West to save him. On his journey, he makes a discovery that changes his life forever—he and his brother are long-lost members of the Texas royal family and the King wants them both dead.
He gets help from an activist Texan named Lena, who’s itching to take on the King and happens to be a beautiful firecracker Warren can’t stay away from. Convincing her he’s not one of the bad guys becomes harder when a mysterious energy stirs in his body, turning his brain into a hive of emotions and memories—not all his own.
A legacy of violence is not all he inherited from the brutal Kings of Texas. The myth that the royal family possesses supernatural powers may not be myth at all. Gone are the days when choosing a major was a big deal. Now Warren must save his brother and choose whether or not to be King, follow a King, or die before he can retire his fake ID.
Sharon Bayliss is a native of Austin, Texas and works her day job in the field of social work. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living in her “happily-ever-after” with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). You can connect with Sharon at www.facebook.com/authorsharonbayliss and www.sharonbayliss.com.