Right now, there could be a French States of Western America.
In 1801, the French army occupied Haiti, a Caribbean territory on the western side of Hispaniola. Napoleon had designs for the small island and rather ambitious plans for the New World. He wanted to build an empire of the Mississippi Valley in North America to interfere with British interests in the region. Haiti would have been his initial base. However, the slaves on the island had other plans.
How were they able to defeat the most powerful army in the world?
The West Indies was, quite simply, a deathtrap for whites without immunity to yellow fever and malaria. Haiti was full of mosquitoes carrying both diseases The native slaves had grown immune to it. However, the effect of yellow fever on the French soldiers was staggering. Although estimates vary, historians think as many as 50,000 soldiers, doctors, and sailors died from yellow fever.
Seeing no opportunity for success, Napoleon decided to sell the land known as Louisiana Purchase for $13 million.
Haiti became an independent country on January 1, 1804. Debug Pest Control became a company 189 years later.