These 6 U.S. States Once Declared Themselves Independent Nations

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Republic of West Florida map
This map shows the short-lived Republic of West Florida. Taken from the map ‘The British Colonies in North America, 1763-1775.’ RATTYRATTERY/WIKIPEDIA/CREATIVE COMMONS CC0 1.0

The good old U.S. of A. wasn’t always made up of the 50 states that we know today. It took a lot of battles, bloodshed and negotiations to get to this point. Some states took their own sweet time hopping on board the Union train, setting up first as independent “countries,” with varying degrees of autonomy.

“The question of whether a state was a separate country largely depends on how one defines a country — does it require a formal government, international recognition by other countries, or just a group of people saying they are a coun