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Old February 18th, 2014, 06:51 PM   #1
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A Comprehensive Map on All the States that Could Have Been

Recently, on Wikipedia, I discovered a list that really intrigued me like none other: the List of U.S. State Partition Proposals. For a geographer/cartographer who's a U.S.-specialist and who's interested in alternate history, this was Kryptonite for my productivity. From this list, I stumbled onto listings for U.S. Territories that Failed to Become States and the listing for the hypothetical 51st State. I even came across a nice little book called Lost States, a humorous account from Michael Trinklein that briefly explores a number of random states that never quite happened.

After reading all of these things, and all of the linked pages connected -- that's where Wikipedia really sucks you in -- I, of course, allowed my own mind to wander and I came up with the beginnings of a historical geography narrative for the United States of my own, drawing on each of these sources. How could I spell this out? Well, I'm no novelist, because I just really don't have the imagination or skills necessary to put together a story in that format. However, I can make maps here and there, and I firmly believe that maps can do a pretty good job telling a story.
Andrew Shears ? From Absaroka to Yazoo: The 124 United States That Could?ve Been

I thought you guys would enjoy the map. My favorite 'almost' state? Indian Stream.
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Old February 18th, 2014, 07:57 PM   #2

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It might have been nice to have had the state of Lincoln.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 07:29 AM   #3
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Roostock ought to be broken off from Maine. It has a different culture, economy and weather. Also has no people
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A State of Despair would have been good, in a bad way.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 04:51 PM   #5
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Maine was part of Massachusetts. Delaware was part of Pennsylvania. Vermont was disputed between the Republic of Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.
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Old February 22nd, 2014, 03:00 PM   #6
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Cool map, but the names aren't very creative. Personally I like this one, 50 states redrawn for equal populations.

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Old February 23rd, 2014, 11:18 AM   #7
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Here's a map Polk sent to Congress after the Mexican American War. It looks like an early proposal to divide up the territory gained under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

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