Results for - Let's propose some new states
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The path to 50 states in the US took almost 200 years, and no new states have been added since Hawaii in 1959. Throughout history and even in recent decades, several more states have been proposed.
1. Delmarva - A peninsula off the Maryland coast stretches across Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. State senators who were frustrated by inconsistent government regulations throughout the peninsula, proposed making the area into one state, Delmarva. Meanwhile, others wanted Maryland and Virginia to cede their lands to Delaware. The three states could not agree on a solution, so the proposed state never became more than a "proposal". The Delmarva Peninsula is home to the Assateague Island National Seashore, famous for wild horses. You can bike along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway and visit more than 35 historical sites along the 125-mile trail. Are you aware of the Delmarva peninsula?
2. Deseret - was a provisional state, proposed in 1849 by settlers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. It existed for slightly over two years and was never recognized by the United States government. The federal government decided the proposed area was too large, and divided the land into what is now present-day New Mexico and Utah. The name "Deseret" comes from the Book of Mormon and means "honey bee." This area has majestic and panoramic views found in the deserts, plateaus, and canyons. Are you familiar with this tidbit of history?
3. Forgottonia - The Republic of Forgottonia was a fictional joke, conceived and implemented by two men from West Central Illinois as a protest to bring attention to 14 neglected counties in western Illinois. Supporters chose a university student as governor and made the town of Fandon the capital. Forgottonia did not secede from the Union as proposed, but the movement did get the attention of the federal government. Amtrak returned to the area in 1972 and the government provided funds to repair the local infrastructure. Are you aware of any other "joke" that gained momentum and almost became reality? If so, please tell us about it in the comment section.
4. Superior - Land that makes up the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan has been repeatedly proposed as its own state. Thomas Jefferson wanted to call this area Sylvania, while others suggested Ontonagon. Proposals for a state of Superior began in 1858 when delegates from the UP, Wisconsin, and Minnesota attended a special meeting at Ontonagon. However, the Civil War interrupted progress on the proposal. In recent decades, it has again been suggested that the area be called Superior due to its proximity to Lake Superior. Yet, recent frustrations with Michigan tax laws have renewed the push for secession. The landscape is beautiful, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, and skiing. Are you familiar with the Upper Peninsula of Michigan?
5. Franklin - Shortly after the Revolutionary War, residents in what is now eastern Tennessee attempted to form their own government. The area called Franklin almost became the 14th state. During this time, eastern Tennessee was actually part of North Carolina. The latter, however, ceded this land to the United States government after the war. Residents feared the federal government would sell Franklin to France or Spain to pay off war debts. This led to the proposed state of Franklin. When voting occurred, Franklin came two votes short of confirmation. As a result, their government folded and the land returned to North Carolina. Today, this area is the gateway to the Cherokee National Forest and the Appalachian Trail. Have you traveled any part of the Appalachian Scenic Trail?
06/03/2020 Trivia 2742 43 By: prencyss