Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It by Michael J. Trinklein
English | 2010 | ISBN: 1594744106 | 160 pages | EPUB | 146 MB
Everyone knows the fifty nifty united states-but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass? Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida, Texlahoma, Montezuma, Rough and Ready, and Yazoo. Some of these states came remarkably close to joining the Union. Others never had a chance. Many are still trying. Consider:
* Frontier legend Daniel Boone once proposed a state of Transylvania in the Appalachianwilderness (his plan was resurrected a few years later with the new name of Kentucky).
* Residents of bucolic South Jersey wanted to secede from their urban north Jerseyneighbors and form the fifty-first state.
* The Gold Rush territory of Nataqua could have made a fine state-but since no women were willing to live there, the settlers gave up and joined California.
Each story offers a fascinating glimpse at the nation we might have become-along with plenty of absurd characters, bureaucratic red tape, and political gamesmanship. Accompanying these tales are beautifully rendered maps detailing the proposed state boundaries, plus images of real-life artifacts and ephemera. Welcome to the world of Lost States!
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