Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It

Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It

by Michael J. Trinklein
     
 

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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

Overview

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 Appalachian
        wilderness (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 Jersey
        neighbors 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!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“We all know the 50 states, but how much do you know about the hundreds of statehood proposals that never came to pass? These fascinating maps of states that might have been are from Michael J. Trinklein’s Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It.”—Country Magazine

“Fascinating, funny book.”—New Yorker, Book Bench

“This book is geared to the general reader and has a larger format that encourages perusal. It is recommended for history, geography, and general trivia buffs.”—Library Journal

“Amusing and lavishly illustrated book.”—Christian Science Monitor

“Complete with maps, Lost States is an interesting travel guide to the world of ‘what-if history.’”—McClatchy Newspapers
Library Journal
Most readers might not know that there was once a plan to carve a new state called Lincoln from northern Idaho and eastern Washington, or that east Texas could have been called the state of Jacinto. Trinklein, who has written and produced PBS documentaries, has put together an entertaining book about the many failed proposals for states in American history. Listing the "lost states" alphabetically by proposed name, the book ranges from early settlements such as Charlotina in the mid-1700s (i.e., not a lost state, but a lost colony), proposed as a territory covering what became several Midwest states, to the 1974 proposal of the state of Navajo in the Southwest. There were greedy schemes like mercenary William Walker's Sonora proposal in California and urban movements to make states out of cities, e.g., New York and Washington, DC. Trinklein uses historical sources and overlays the proposed states upon reproduced period maps to show colorfully where they would have existed. He makes the more complex schemes understandable and uses humor to move the stories along. VERDICT This book is geared to the general reader and has a larger format that encourages perusal. It is recommended for history, geography, and general trivia buffs.—Bryan Craig, MLS, Nellsyford, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594747526
Publisher:
Quirk Publishing
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
111,916
File size:
154 MB
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
About the Maps
Absaroka
Acadia
Adelsverein
Albania
Alberta and British Columbia
(Baja) Arizona
Boston
Charlotina
Chesapeake
Chicago
Chippewa
Comancheria
Cuba
Dakota
Deseret
England, et al.
Forgottonia
Franklin
Greenland
Guyana
Half-Breed Tracts
Hazard
Howland
Iceland
Jacinto
Jefferson
Lincoln
Long Island
Lost Dakota
Lower California
McDonald
Minnesota
Montezuma
Muskogee
Nataqua
Navajo
Navassa
New Connecticut
New Sweden
New York City
Newfoundland
Nickajack
No Man’s Land
North Slope
Panama
Philippines
Popham
Potomac
Puerto Rico
Rio Rico
Rough and Ready
Saipan
Sequoyah
Shasta
Sicily
Sonora
South California
South Florida
South Jersey
South Texas
State “X”
Superior
Sylvania
Taiwan
Texlahoma
Trans-Oconee
Transylvania
Vandalia
Washington
West Florida
West Kansas
Wyoming
Yazoo
Yucatan
Bibliography

Meet the Author

Michael J. Trinklein wrote and produced the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary Pioneers of Television (2008), as well as The Gold Rush (1998) and The Oregon Trail (1993). His work has been consistently praised in the national media, including USA Today, Washington Post, Parade, Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times. He lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

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