American States That Might Have Been

If history had swung in a slightly different direction, we may have spent fourth grade memorizing the capitals of Sylvania, Deseret, Texlahoma, and Forgottonia. I would be living in Transylvania!
American pioneer Daniel Boone also had a thing for the "sylvania" suffix. If he'd had his way, Kentucky would have been called Transylvania and we'd be placing bets on horses at the Transylvania Derby. Boone hoped to call the colony's capital Boonesborough, but much to the explorer's chagrin, North Carolina and Virginia voted against Transylvania's existence.

Read about more of these "lost states" at NPR. -via Metafilter

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