The BBC has a major article complete with a video, map and pictures celebrating the short-lived Southern republic of West Florida, which declared its independence in 1810. This surprisingly positive story also includes a damning indictment of US imperialism:
For 74 days, our little town was the capital of the West Florida Republic, a tiny nation [sic] on the North American continent.
In fact, we, not Canada, were the first victims of American imperialism.
…Historian William Belko describes the Yankee imperialist gesture as the first seeds of Manifest Destiny – the 19th Century ideology under which the US government justified expanding American settlement across the North American continent.
It all started in my backyard – with an American invasion of our friendly nation [sic]. Two years later, Madison sent troops into Canada in an attempt to annex Ontario. They ought to have seen it coming.
Also see: The Republic of West Florida