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Monday, May 3, 2010

Redrawing New England

Interesting story on past and proposed changes to New England.

The State of Boston
"On July 23, 1919, State Representative James H. Brennan of Charlestown marched over to the clerk's office in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and filed a bill to make Boston a separate state.

Brennan's beef was unjust taxation--specifically, the $600,000 the city was required to pay into the state's school fund, "of which not a cent's worth of benefit will be derived," according to Brennan."

Acadia and Maine
(or Maine and Northern Massachusetts)

"Just last month, Henry Joy, a Republican state legislator who represents the northern Maine town of Island Falls, proposed legislation to split Maine into two states. He cited a series of irreconcilable geographic differences between Maine's rural north and more settled south. There is a certain logic to Joy's position. For example, recreation in the north includes hunting and snowmobiling, whereas southerners tend to be more interested in Shakespeare festivals and weekend antiquing."

[Let's just give southern Maine back to Massachusetts, the whole state used to be part of it anyway...]


New Connecticut

"It's hard to imagine any more independent-minded people than the citizens of New Connecticut. In 1777, they unilaterally declared their independence from the neighboring colonies. Just a few months later, they even changed New Connecticut's name--to ensure it was clear that they were not associated with any "old" Connecticut. The new name: Vermont."

Wyoming in Central Pennslyvania
"In the Revolutionary era, Connecticut claimed a huge swath of land stretching all the way to the Pacific Ocean (after hopscotching New York and New Jersey). Connecticut land developers, being an enterprising group, began selling off the choice parcels of this real estate in an area known as the Wyoming Valley, in what's now the Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania. Plans were in the works to coalesce these settlements into a new state."

[Pretty ballsy of Connecticut... now they've been reduced to being the suburbs of New York.
At least it's the aristocratic suburbs, as opposed to its lesser brother, New Jersey.]

Newfoundland: The 51st State?
"As recently as the 1940s, Newfoundland was a self-governing British dominion completely independent of Canada. When it became clear that Newfoundland would be better off joining a larger nation, most Newfoundlanders began looking south. They wanted to attach themselves to the United States, not Canada.

Polls taken in 1947 report that 80 percent of Newfoundland's population wanted to become Americans."
(Full article)

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