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U.S. States that were once Countries

Name the U.S. states that, at one point, declared themselves to be independent.
Regardless of actual recognition
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Last updated: November 29, 2022
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Years
State
1776
Rhode Island
1777 - 1791
Vermont
1810 - 1898
Hawaii
1836 - 1846
Texas
1841 - 1848
Oregon (?)
1846
California
Secession crisis
1861
Alabama
1861
Arkansas
1861
Florida
1861
Georgia
1861
Kentucky
1861
Louisiana
Secession crisis
1861
Mississippi
1861
Missouri
1861
North Carolina
1860 - 1861
South Carolina
1861
Tennessee
1861
Virginia
4 Comments
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Level 60
Nov 29, 2022
I had no idea that there were so many! I thought it was like, only Texas, Vermont, and Hawaii!
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Level 70
Nov 29, 2022
To be fair, that's probably more accurate. Almost no 'countries' on this quiz were recognized as legitimate; they did, however, have a functioning government.
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Level 60
Nov 29, 2022
Might I ask why some of these are grayed out?
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Level 70
Nov 29, 2022
Oregon: it's unclear whether the settler government saw themselves as organizing an American territory, or founding an independent country.

California: independence was declared, but very little territory was actually held.

Kentucky and Missouri: they were splinter governments during the Civil War, and pro-Union governments also existed.