Wannabe States of the United States

Wannabe States of the United States


Have you ever asked yourself why we only have
one state named after a president, but half a dozen states named after kings and queens
from other countries? Well that wasn’t the original plan, there’ve
been quite a few attempts to name states after founding fathers that ended up failing… So let’s start at the beginning. Before Vermont became the fourteenth state,
there were two other places that were trying really hard to get that coveted slot. First, let’s talk about this bit of land,
which at the time was part of North Carolina. Since they were on the other side of the Appalachian
mountains, the government of North Carolina hard a rather hard time governing the area…
so the people there decided to form their own potential state, named Frankland. They petitioned for statehood in 1785, but
were rejected, since North Carolina didn’t feel like giving up the land just yet. So they changed their name to Franklin, after
the at-the-time still-living Benjamin Franklin, and asked him for help with getting recognized. Franklin was famously full of himself, but
his response is easily the most nicely worded “I know what you’re trying to do and it’s
not going to work” dismissals I’ve ever seen put to paper. “I am sensible of the honor which your Excellency
and your council thereby do me. But being in Europe when your State was formed,
I am too little acquainted with the circumstances to be able to offer you anything just now
that may be of importance” – Benjamin Franklin, 1787
The State of Franklin eventually gave up their attempt and were absorbed into the territory
that became Tennessee in 1796. But that doesn’t stop the people who live
there from slapping “State of Franklin” on businesses and tourist spots to this day. At the same time, this region, which was controlled
by Virginia and Pennsylvania, was also on the other side of the Appalachians and was
difficult to govern from their respective capitals, and as a result was likewise trying
to become the fourteenth state, known as “Westsylvania.” But promotion of the independence movement
was made illegal and an act of treason in 1782, which technically made it punishable
by death. The reasoning behind that was that this land
belonged to the Indians, and creating a state there would start a war… which the US obviously
didn’t want. So it remained part of Virginia… at least
until the Civil War. Again, since it was on the other side of the
Appalachians, so geography helped separate the people, and when Virginia broke away from
the US to join the Confederacy, Westsylvania broke away from Virginia to stay in the Union. This happened literally weeks after the start
of the Civil War. So the delegates of the area got together
to decide on a constitution, and perhaps more importantly, what to name this new state. I have an idea, let’s call it Kanawha. What? Kanawha. Why are you putting so much emphasis on the
H? I dunno, it just sounds better that –
The fact that you’re doing that is the main reason we’re not going to call it that,
let’s call it Columbia. The capital is already the District of Columbia,
we can’t call it that. How about New Virginia? Are you seriously? We might as well just go back to calling it
Westsylvania… And so “West Virginia” was born. As you’ll soon realize, America, like Britain,
is not very creative when it comes to the naming. Oftentimes we don’t even change it from
whatever it was before… like Florida. Florida was originally a Spanish colony and
means the “land of flowers.” But because of the expansion of the United
States, many Americans came to inhabit the area. In 1799, an American banded together with
the local Seminole and Muscogee Indians and formed the short lived State of Muskogee. It’s worth noting that the Indian tribe
it was named after was spelled with a C, not a K, but whatever. It lasted all of four years before it was
destroyed. But thanks to that, combined with the ever-expanding
United States, the territory became too expensive for the Spanish to maintain. So they ceded the territory to the US in 1810. At which point the area was divided into…
*sigh*… East and West Florida. Anyway, it was admitted as the full state
of Florida in 1845. But the story doesn’t end there. Several times since then, including as recently
as 2008 and 2014, the counties in southern Florida have proposed resolutions to split
the state in half. What would they name these two partitions? North and South Florida. See what I mean? Trust me, this is a recurring theme. So let’s move on to a state I brought up
in my last video on the topic of states. Texas. As I mentioned before, Texas likes to brag
about how they used to be an independent republic and say that they can secede if they want. They can’t, but they can break themselves
up into five states if they ever felt like it. They’ve never made up plans to break up
into that many, but they have proposed breaking into two. The first plan was drawn up in 1870, after
the Civil War, and would divide Texas along the San Antonio River. Don’t worry, they were a little more creative
with the names this time. They wanted to call this part Lincoln and
this part Jefferson. You’d think a state that fought on the losing
side of the Civil War would be a little salty over the idea of naming themselves Lincoln…
and you’d be right. So they changed the name to Matagorda, which
is Spanish for Thick Bush. Grow up. The plan was reintroduced in 1906… Then again in 1915… and 1921. It made it to Congress once or twice, but
obviously never passed. Then in 1945, after World War 2, this area
of Northern Texas and the Oklahoma panhandle – hey wait, why does Oklahoma have a panhandle
anyway? – I’ll get to that later, but anyway,
they were tired of being ignored by Texas and Oklahoma and drafted a proposal to secede
and form the state of… Wait… actually, take a second and think
of a name for this proposed state on your own. Trust me, it’s just as unoriginal as you
would expect. Okay you got it? Did you guess Texlahoma? Because I’m guessing you were pretty close,
maybe only one letter off. Obviously, that didn’t happen either. But it’s not the first time they tried to
break up Oklahoma. Back when it was called the Indian Territory,
they were seriously considering making this area a legitimate Indian-controlled state
named Sequoyah. The movement lasted until 1907, when the US
Congress predictably didn’t let them create an Indian only state, and instead created
Oklahoma. In 1939, during the Great Depression, many
plains Indian tribes got together with the mostly Republican ranchers in protest of FDR’s
New Deal… with those crazy democratic ideas and plans to build infrastructure… and submitted
a proposal to break away and form the State of Absaroka. They even had their own license plates and
their own Miss Absaroka 1939. The plan was abandoned shortly afterwards,
especially when World War 2 began. But let’s jump back in time a bit to the
late 1840s, when the Rockies were mostly inhabited by Mormons. After the Mexican-American war, when Texas
became a state and California was in the process, the church decided they better stake their
claim and sent someone to Washington… Hi, we’re Mormons and we would like to create
the State of Deseret. That’s a pretty big area you’re claiming
there. Yes well, you just admitted Texas, which is
pretty big… and California is pretty big too… Texas is special and California has gold. What do you have? …uhh… Polygamy? Yeah… get rid of that and we’ll talk. So California got to become a state and Deseret
did not… instead they were lumped into the Utah Territory as part of the Missouri Compromise
in 1850 which I’ll talk about later. But as part of the compromise, California
joined the union as a free state, and they had to promise to send one pro-slavery and
one anti-slavery senator to Congress… Which caused all sorts of problems, so almost
right away, there was a plan to just break California up into two states. With the northern half being named Shasta
and the southern half named Colorado, after the ruddy Colorado River. They later decided to keep the northern half
named California. Which by the way, comes from the Spanish word
for “Land of the Caliph”… as in the Islamic Caliphate. Just putting that out there. Anyway, once the Civil War started this plan
was obviously dropped. Which is a good thing because the Colorado
River no longer drains into the Pacific Ocean in California… so they would have named
themselves after a river that dries up in their state. But since then, there have been several plans
to break up California, including one in 2013 that actually gained some traction that would
have broken it up into six states. Appropriately named the “Six Californias”
plan. It would have created the state of Jefferson,
Silicon Valley … sigh… North California, Central California, West
California, and South California. But in 1859, at the same time that California
was considering naming half of itself Colorado, the gold miners over here hoped to make this
territory into the State of Jefferson. But the economy was based almost entirely
on gold mining, which brought in all the drunkards and criminals. And since this area was populated by Mormons,
who didn’t like the crime associated with gold, and still hadn’t given up polygamy
(ended in 1890), that whole area was cut out of the proposed state. Around the same time, they were considering
naming this state or this state Lincoln. It seems like the names Lincoln and Jefferson
go hand-in-hand. But, obviously, that didn’t happen… so
they had to come up with a new name. Well we can’t call this Jefferson if we
don’t also have a Lincoln… so what should we call it? How about Idaho? What does that mean? Absolutely nothing, I just made it up. Wha? Get out of here with that nonsense, nobody
would be stupid enough to use a made up name. Seriously the word Idaho was completely made
up. The people in Idaho like to claim that it
means “Salmon Eater” in Comanche, which is true… but the Comanche live down here,
and the guy who made it up didn’t know that. It’s the same as if you just slammed your
head on your keyboard and later found out that the garble actually means something in
a language you’ve never heard of. Hey remember when California was going to
name themselves after that river? Yeah? Yeah, well, that river actually *starts* here
so… how about that? So boom, Colorado was born. But we’re still not done. The Pacific Northwest was jointly occupied
by the US and Great Britain. In 1846, they signed a treaty officially breaking
the area up and establishing the mostly-straight border between the US and Canada. Originally, the area was going to be called
Columbia Territory, after Christopher Columbus. Which is why the area north of the border
is now called British Columbia. But they wanted avoid any confusion with the
nation’s capital, Washington DC, which stands for the District of Columbia. So they called it… Washington Territory. Anyway, the original plan was to break the
area up into three states… Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. Because these are the three presidents that
anyone is allowed to admire. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican
or Democrat, if you say you admire any of these three, you’ll get a round of applause. Which is partly why these three, along with
Teddy Roosevelt, were put on Mount Rushmore. But since the area had also been called Oregon
Country when it was under US and British control, when Jefferson applied for statehood in 1848,
they adopted the name Oregon. Since then, there have been a few attempts
to break away southern Oregon and Northern California to reform Jefferson, all the way
up to 2013. It was even part of the Six Californias plan. But anyway, because the eastern half of what
would have become Lincoln was full of gold, and again, nobody wanted those filthy gold
digging criminals in their state, that area was given to Idaho, and the rest became the
State of Washington in 1889. But when this was all still in the works,
when the US was still in that whole Manifest Destiny kick, they hoped to control the entire
Pacific coast. So they bought Alaska from Russia. An area two-thirds the size of the Louisiana
Purchase, for about half the price. Look, here’s the actual check used to buy
Alaska. That’s right, we’re the old ladies at
the grocery store… paying by check. Anyway, the hope was that by controlling territory
both north and south of Canada, Britain would just give up trying to control British Columbia
and hand it over. Obviously that didn’t happen, but funny
enough, since the entire Pacific Northwest is populated by a mix of former British and
former American settlers, there’s a small independence movement that would unite the
area into an independent republic known as Cascadia. Probably not going to happen but… look,
they even have their own flag! But that’s not all, there are currently
several movements within the US to break up current states. For a long time now, New York City and Long
Island have thought about separating and creating the state of Long Island… that’s usually
because the area is more economically active and they’re tired of sending their tax dollars
upstate. Likewise, the people of the Upper Penninsula
of Michigan, called Yoopers after the abbreviation UP, consider themselves so different from
the rest of Michigan that they’ve tried to break away and create a state named Superior. There have been several other smaller, less
significant secession movements, most notably the Conch Republic in Key West. Which is mostly just a joke and has never
seriously considered breaking away, it’s mostly just a tourist thing. So there you have it, combined with my other
two videos, that’s the entire history of the United States. So we can finally move on to- Wait, you said
you were going to talk about the Missouri Compromise and why Oklahoma has a panhandle-
Oh for… Okay fine… one more video on the history
and geography of the US, and after that we’re going to talk about other countries… okay? Not all of my viewers are American.- Yeah
but most of them are.- Anyway, at least for now, you know better. Hey guys if you enjoyed that video or you
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100 Comments on "Wannabe States of the United States"


  1. I was with you until you got to NY. The taxes go in the reverse way from what you said. All upstate goes to downstate. If they eant to break off because of that, they have my vote, as long as they also take Albany.

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  2. 9:59 What the hell are you talking about, KB? One of your SJW heroes, Buttigieg, says that we should re-name anything named after Thomas Jefferson, because he owned slaves. Please try to keep up with the current lefty policies, since you are one.

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  3. How about the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Yooper land)? We’re embarrassed to be linked to the lower Peninsula, (Troll Town, Detroit.).

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  4. The second half of California being called Shasta I'm in Oregon and next year I'm going to Shasta middle school

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  5. I'd name that Texas Oklahoma calibration Ruach; it's Hebrew so it should satisfy the bible belt, and it means powerful wind, so it represents Tornado Alley well.

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  6. The Conch Republic declared it's independence in the early 1980s after they fired a cannon towards the mainland, later that same day they promptly announced their surrender and petitioned for foreign aid. Totally a serious geopolitical maneuver.

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  7. They got drunk while trying to think of names. Someone said I don't know in a drunk slur of words and someone thought it sounded like Idaho. They then cheered at a jobs done good enough and drank more to celebrate.

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  8. Have you done one on 'potential new states' as in the currently hot 'Alberta' (maybe see #wexit hashtags) and a similar idea of reuniting Alberta and Saskatchewan as 'Buffalo' and joining US federation. Then there is the Greenland kinda/sorta 2nd attempt and I think there was a Mexican region that once tried to break away and join the US States (?) as well as some other various islands.

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  9. Kids.. read the states!

    Alabama
    Alaska
    Arizona
    Arkansas
    Few states later
    Jefferson
    Jefferson
    Jefferson
    Jefferson
    Jefferson
    Jefferson

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  10. British Columbia isn't part of the United States yet you say? Never gonna happen. However should Trump win in 2020 I would invite the democratic states California, Minnesota, to name just two, to seriously consider joining Canada as new provinces. Really it would a normal progression of the history of North America. The democratic stateswould be members of the civilized Commonwealth countries.

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  11. For the record, a lot of FDRs critics were worried about the unprecedented amount of power being allotted to the federal government

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  12. I live in a wanna be state. Northern Virginia and Southern Virginia are so ridiculously different they really should be
    Separated.

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  13. Ummm. One problem. I personally have see the Colorado river dump into the gulf of California. Sooo. 🤷🏼‍♂️.

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  14. Peter Griffin from Family guy had his own country for a short while, a really funny episode that kinda goes along with this theme.

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  15. Hope they break up California it's ran by liberals have screwed that state right up and they will never recover

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  16. well one of the native tribes in idaho is the shoshone, and another is the northern paiutes. Comanches, despite living so far away, speak a closely related language to them.

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  17. The state of Chicago 2020. Illinois 47 on the west I80 on the south and Wisconsin border. Let them be their own state and let illinois go back to normal. Make illinois great again.

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  18. West Florida had more land than the map showed ( South Alabama and Gulf coast of Mississippi ) Appalachia river ( time zone ) split the territory of Florida. The West part had more of a French history and East was Spanish. When Brittish took over the Florida territory part was given to Georgia , bigger parts to Alabama and Mississippi.

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  19. I'm really quite surprised at your program. I had no idea that the United States was so relatively fluid up until recently. I'll have a shufty at the other offerings in this series. I had been under the impression that once independence (or the revolt as we would term it) had taken place, a series of states formed by common agreement without much controversy. I have an extremely limited idea of the complexity of the history of your country. My loss. Keep up the good work.

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  20. This channel is great. This dude discusses historic facts without wading into preachiness and collective memory. Great job.

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  21. I have heard that California is named after the mythological Queen Califa from the mythological island also named Califa of black amazon women penned by a 15th century Spanish author.

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  22. At 5:39 you show the proposed name as “Sequoyah” when the actual word is spelled “Seqouia”. Is this an error on your part or was that how they actually wanted to spell it?

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  23. The thing I don't understand is there are so many small countries that want to join the USA. But, the us isn't adding them. Why not?!? So you create new seats in congress and the senate to represent them.. what is the problem. My god, the sheer advantages of being able to better protect yourself from millitary, drug/human trafficking and tourism would be nuts! Come on, russia is breaking up, time for the us to get a little bigger.. why not.

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  24. 7:17 California comes from Caliph, "Just putting that out there".
    Oh, so that's why it is the world's second biggest latrine.. next to only the Middle East.

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  25. illinois had a section that wanted to secede called centennial. I see signs for State of Jefferson all the time in California still

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  26. “Colombia was too similar to the name of Washington DC, so they called it Washington.”

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  27. You are wrong about Washington, it's named after it's founder George Washington Bush, who went to Oregon, and was told black people weren't allowed to own land, so he went north and founded Tumwater.

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  28. You gave an Very Interesting explanation over the origins of the State of California. My research offers this explanation. " California" is a Spanish word,,,,,which when translated to English mean " Hot Furnace ". This to me would be a simple and relative explanation seeing that the Spanish widely settled the area and the land indeed is quite Hot and desert like in many places,

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  29. California comes gets its name from land of Califa, who was the queen of the Amazons, given how rugged and and unwieldy the land was when the Spanish conquered it. It’s well documented. Get your facts straight.

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  30. Port en Bessin , between Gold beach and Omaha beach , was captured by British commandos. When thr troops from Omaha arrived the British said , are you Americans? They said, No we're Texans.

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  31. They should split Florida both ways. Then we can have a West Florida, South Florida, and an Upper Right Corner Florida.

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  32. Shouldn't we have a state called Adams, after Samuel Adams? Or we could combine them and shorten it to Sadam. Oh wait.

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  33. as someone from Michigan Ive never heard of the independence movement from the up, but then again ive never even met someone from the upped Peninsula.

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  34. Just ran across your channel. Subscribed. Looks like a great source if info that most of us do not know. Thanks for the channel.

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  35. Lmaoooo Matagorda
    In Brazil there is a state called Thick Bush, but Mata Gorda means fat bushes in portuguese lol

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  36. It looks like there is this "Jefferson" cult trying to form their own state of Jefferson throughout American history.

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  37. Country roads, take me home,
    To the place, I belong,
    Westsylvania,
    Mountain Mama, take me home,
    Country roads…

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  38. Ahh Florida. I lived there for 4 years. It was often talked about in 2014 about splitting the state. I will say this much- the more north you go, the more 'south' it is, and the further south you go the more 'north' it is.

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  39. You forgot about the proposed state of "Tri-Insula" meaning "three islands". It was proposed during the Civil War making Manhattan, Staten Island, and Long Island. The proposed governor of the new state was in support of the Confedrate States and, if ratified, would be the only Confederate state north of the Dixie Line. This obviously didn't pass and New York stayed New York.

    Also now, Upstate New York wants to be its own state, because they're tired of sending their tax dollars down to NYC. I believe the supporters of this new state wants to call it "New Netherlands", "New Holland", or "New Amsterdam", which coincides with the first name of the Dutch colony of "New Amsterdam".

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  40. All 50 states should have been variations of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln just to fuck with people

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  41. There's parts of Idaho that are in Oregon. I'd sure like to find out what's up with that. For a lotta years, Idaho thought THEY owned it lmao!

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  42. New York City has their very own agenda that the rest of us here in NY are not being represented.
    But they should be called " King George" Cuomo Land .

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  43. Gave you a thumbs down for revealing your stupid political opinion around the 5:50 mark. FDR did this country no favors.

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  44. That indian name, from a culture that probably didn't have any form of writing, and certainly didn't use english characters, was spelled with a 'c' instead of a 'k'……. right, sure it was

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