TIL: In 1785 part of now-Tennessee seceded from then-North Carolina and petitioned to become the 14th state – the State of Franklin. It was two votes shy, as the Articles of Confederation required 2/3rds approval. It would have passed under the Constitution (eff. 1789) which only requires a majority

Read more: https://tennesseestar.com/2018/10/02/the-would-be-state-of-franklin-that-never-officially-existed/

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  1. I forget what it’s called but there’s a book out there that details all the almost-states that could have existed in the US. Obviously Franklin is included but apparently there were quite a few others.

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