The Fourteenth U.S. State That Almost Was

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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    In the late 18th century, the governor in a region near North Carolina had an annual salary of a thousand deer skins. (0:21)

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    There was a petition for a 14th state, the State of Franklin, in year 1784. (0:33)

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    The would-be 14th U.S. in 1784 was named after Benjamin Franklin. (0:43)

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