Altered States

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These are the Altered States of America, if we had only been visionary, and wacky enough to see it through. Michael Trinklein has just written a wonderful imaginary cartography based on hundreds of actual statehood proposals that never came to pass.

Here’s an A-Z of just a few lands-that-never-were, from Michael Trinklein’s Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States that Never Made it: Absaroka, Acadia, Chippewa, Jacinto, New Sweden, Nickajack, Rio Rico, Sequoyah, Shasta, Vandalia, Wyoming (no, not the one you know), and Yazoo.

The loss of Yazoo is especially tragic, Because I think I well might have become Governor of Yazoo. The twists of fate and geography…

and here’s a few more books on our quirky borders, from the Land Library’s cartography shelves:

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The Fabric of America: How Our Borders and Boundaries Shaped the Country and Forged Our National Identity by Andro Linklater, How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein, Names on the Land: A Historical Account of Place-Naming in the United States by George R. Stewart, and Arc of the Medicine Line: Mapping the World’s Longest Undefined Border Across the Western Plains by Tony Rees.

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