Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It [NOOK Book]

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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 trying. Consider:
 
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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!
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“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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594747526
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 410,051
  • File size: 147 MB
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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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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
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Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION....................8
ABOUT THE MAPS....................9
Absaroka....................10
Acadia....................13
Adelsverein....................14
Albania....................17
Alberta and British Columbia....................18
(Baja) Arizona....................21
Boston....................22
Charlotina....................25
Chesapeake....................26
Chicago....................29
Chippewa....................30
Comancheria....................33
Cuba....................34
Dakota....................37
Deseret....................38
England, et al....................41
Forgottonia....................42
Franklin....................45
Greenland....................46
Guyana....................49
Half-Breed Tracts....................50
Hazard....................53
Howland....................54
Iceland....................57
Jacinto....................58
Jefferson....................61
Lincoln....................63
Long Island....................64
Lost Dakota....................67
Lower California....................68
McDonald....................71
Minnesota....................72
Montezuma....................75
Muskogee....................76
Nataqua....................79
Navajo....................81
Navassa....................82
New Connecticut....................85
New Sweden....................86
New York City....................89
Newfoundland....................90
Nickajack....................93
No Man's Land....................94
North Slope....................97
Panama....................98
Philippines....................10l Popham....................102
Potomac....................105
Puerto Rico....................106
Rio Rico....................109
Rough and Ready....................110
Saipan....................113
Sequoyah....................114
Shasta....................117
Sicily....................118
Sonora....................12l South California....................122
South Florida....................125
South Jersey....................126
South Texas....................129
State "X"....................130
Superior....................133
Sylvania....................134
Taiwan....................137
Texlahoma....................138
Trans-Oconee....................141
Transylvania....................142
Vandalia....................145
Washington....................146
West Florida....................149
West Kansas....................150
Wyoming....................153
Yazoo....................154
Yucatan....................157
BIBLIOGRAPHY....................158
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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Engaging Enough Even for Non-Geography/History Fans

    Pros: 1) Extremely informative as a fun, historical text. 2) The maps (and their approximations) are also very fascinating to look at, particularly because it provokes the reader to think about how different life might be if these "lost states" had never been lost in the first place.

    Cons: 1) Rather pedestrian writing style. I was expecting it to be a bit more academic and less as a "coffee table" book. However, the writing is clearly designed to appeal to a broader swath of readers, particularly those who are not geography or history buffs. 2) Some of the information presented as facts could have been better served with footnotes or references. Some of the passages I read made me wonder if they were slightly embellished for the "wow" effect or if they were actually true.

    Overall, I really like this book. I am definitely considering purchasing it as a gift for my friends who have an interest in geography and history. It's a great book to have lying around for when guests come over and want to browse through something that is more engaging than just flipping through pictures.

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  • Posted September 23, 2010

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    Quirky take on statehood and failure.

    Lost States is a captivating read. You need not be a history scholar (although an interest helps!)

    The entries are in alphabetical order (I would have preferred a geographical order) and are fun,fast reads full of quirky geographical history of the many proposed states and reasons why they failed. Each entry is two pages, one of text, one of a map (usually a historical reproduction).

    Did you know that Navassa was once proposed for statehood? Where? A better question is about the Guano Islands Act of 1856.
    Or Popham Colony (Maine). Preceding Plymouth by 10 years, abandoned after a year, the inhabitants returning to England.
    Or Montezuma. Where a handshake deal between two crooked politicians set back statehood for New Mexico by 37 years.

    Amazing stories made all the more captivating by the fact that they are all TRUE! Do yourself a pleasant favor. Give this book a try!

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