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Barnabas Nemec

You're article is wonderful, and I'm a bit reluctant to inform you, but it needs to be done. As if it were fact, you ask: "Do you know only two of the fifty United States were their own countries before becoming a state? One is the island chain of Hawaii. (The other is Texas, where I grew up)." This is untrue…and the kind of attitude that understandably yet unintentionally leads many from other states to consider Texans as arrogant. As a Texan now myself, (though many die-hard Texans would never consider me “true” since not born here), I’ve left many a proud Texan with hurt ego when I enlighten them on this issue. You’re aware of Hawaii’s history, and that’s better than most Texans vocal on this issue, who proudly proclaim Texas as the only state who’s roots lead back to independence as a country. But Texas and Hawaii are not alone.
The state of Vermont, (not one of the 13 colonies simply because it’s “up there”), was indeed it’s own country from 1777 to 1791, a full 5 years longer than Texas, (1836-1845). In fact, The Vermont Republic drafted and ratified it’s own constitution outlawing slavery. Predating the US constitution, (which was adopted in 1787 from the Articles of Confederation of 1781) The Vermont Republic constitution was the first constitution in the western world, therefore Vermont could be considered the first organized country in the western world.
Also, California was it’s own short-lived republic for a time, and there may even be others. This isn’t as unique of a phenomena as many people, (mainly Texans), would have you believe.
Barnabas

Barnabas Nemec

You're article is wonderful, and I'm a bit reluctant to inform you, ...but Texas and Hawaii are not alone. The state of Vermont was indeed it’s own country from 1777 to 1791, a full 5 years longer than Texas, (1836-1845). In fact, The Vermont Republic drafted and ratified it’s own constitution outlawing slavery. Predating the US constitution, (which was adopted in 1787 from the Articles of Confederation of 1781) The Vermont Republic constitution was the first constitution in the western world, therefore Vermont could be considered the first organized country in the western world.
Also, California was it’s own short-lived republic for a time, and there may even be others...
Barnabas

Editor's note: Thanks for this comment! I have updated the text to reflect the fact that Texas and Hawaii are not the only states to have been countries prior to joining the United States of America. In fact, according to wickipedia.org, "Vermont is one of only five U.S. states or parts of states to have once been an independent nation, the other four being California, Hawaii, Texas, and the Florida Parishes of Louisiana."

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