History of the United States

The Fourteenth U.S. State That Almost Was

The State of Franklin was an autonomous "territory" located in modern-day eastern Tennessee. It was also known as the Free Republic of Franklin and the State of Frankland, taking its name from Benjamin Franklin.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. In the late 18th century, the governor in a region near North Carolina had an annual salary of a thousand deer skins. 00:21

  2. There was a petition for a 14th state, the State of Franklin, in year 1784. 00:33

  3. The would-be 14th U.S. in 1784 was named after Benjamin Franklin. 00:43

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