Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fact of the Day: The Almost State

In the 19th century, President Ulysses S. Grant originally wanted the Dominican Republic (known then as Santo Domingo) to join the United States with promise of eventual statehood. He thought it would be a safe haven for African-Americans who were being oppressed in the Southern United States. The move failed to gain approval from Congress. 

19 comments:

Kati said...

That's new to me!

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-Kati

DWei said...

51 states. Hm.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I read that it still might happen someday!

Mia Di Domenico said...

Wow!


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Adam said...

I really really really doubt that. Puerto Rico (something that has been a U.S. territory for a long time) will have a difficult time getting statehood, something they had voted they wanted to do which needs Congress to approve

stephen Hayes said...

I didn't know this. I knew Lincoln had considered sending the liberated slaves to Central America but Frederick Douglas talked him out of it.

Dana said...

I hadn't heard this before.

Hope you have a good Wednesday.

Bob Bushell said...

Interesting piece of news, though it is late.

Dascha said...

Wow, interesting!

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Pat Hatt said...

51 would just be an odd number

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Christine said...

wonder how that would've worked out!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

It would've been interesting to have the DR as a state. So many baseball players are from there.

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Theresa Mahoney said...

50 sounds much better than 51 anyway :)

Anna-Alina said...

Nice fact!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

First time I hear of this. Cool fact!

Fundy Blue said...

I had no idea! Many made their way to a safe haven in Canada.

Ramakrishnan said...

Didn't know that one !

Kay said...

Oh gracious! I had no idea! This is so interesting!