Why didn’t Canada join in the American revolution?
I would think, first of all, that the British (initially, at first) treated their Canadian colonies pretty much the same as the American ones (as regarding government, taxation, quartering of troops, etc.). In fact, I would assume that there was no real distinction of “13 American colonies” vs. “four or five Canadian colonies,” and that they would have all been lumped together as the “twenty or so North American colonies.”
Furthermore, at the outbreak of the American revolution, much of Canada had been a British possession for less than twenty years. I can’t imagine that the French Canadians were all that reconciled to British rule in such a short period of time; how come we don’t hear of large numbers of them joining in the revolt, possibly with the aim of reestablishing French rule over the area?
I do know that at one point the Americans actually tried invading Canada (and were repulsed), and that probably stiffened Canadian resolve not to have anything to do with “those damned uppity rebels, eh.” But that kind of begs the question, because there were American colonies that were pretty ambivalent about the whole affair too - IIRC, Georgia didn’t send any delegates to the Continental Congress until mid-'76 - but the Continental Army apparently saw no need to invade those areas. Apparently they figured that Georgia might eventually come around on their own to the Patriot point of view, but Canada would not. So why the difference?