Here are 116 secessions since the US seceded from the United Kingdom in 1776. The desire for states of the United States seceding is growing in popularity of late. The two times I raised the possibility of some or all states seceding I was met with incredulous derision, no interest in why it may be developing, or how things might go, or how it might be appropriate and beneficial. I assume part of the reason for this is that people typically do not think of the American Independence from the UK as being secession. It is. Here is the definition from Dictionary.com: “to withdraw formally from an alliance, federation, or association, as from a political union, a religious organization, etc.” To view the Declaration of Independence as being the secession it was, takes a revision of understanding and the willingness to apply the term to one’s own country. Why we even have a major holiday celebrating the secession from the British known as Independence Day! As you can see from the list, secession is common and worldwide, and is not some strange unheard-of offensive event.
And raising the point that in fact the United States is the product of not one, but four secessions is just too shocking for many to even consider. I am not counting the failed secession attempts of 1860-61 here, but 1789 when the 11 states under the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union seceded and set themselves up under the US Constitution from the same, leaving behind only the two states of North Carolina and Rhode Island under the Articles. Yes, these two states later joined in union with the 11 initial seceding states, but that does not change the fact that the 11 states did in fact leave the larger union of the 13 states, that is, seceded! So, we have 4 secessions to create today’s US, 1776, 1789 of 11 states and later that year, North Carolina, and 1790 with Rhode Island. Then came Maine in 1820, the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, West Virginia in 1864, and Alaska in 1867. I lay it out here for clarification:
- 13 colonies of the United Kingdom seceded to form the United States in 1776.
- 11 states of the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union seceded to form the United States under the Constitution in 1789.
- 1 state, North Carolina, of the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union seceded to join under the Constitution later in 1789.
- 1 state, Rhode Island, of the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union seceded to join under the Constitution in 1790.
- 1 state, Maine, which was formed out of Massachusetts.
- 1 area, The Gadsden Purchase, which was an addition to Arizona and Mexico from Mexico.
- 1 part of Virginia, West Virginia, which left Virginia in 1864.
- Alaska which was purchased from Russia in 1867.
So, if anything, I am undercounting the number of secessions that took place, as there were 13 in 1776, 11 more in 1789, 1 more later in 1789 and 1 in 1790, plus Maine in 1820, the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, West Virginia in 1864, and Alaska in 1867. So, that is 30 secessions to give us the current United States!
The secessions of 1776 were a reaction against the UK laws including taxation without representation, forced housing of troops, closing of ports, and other such actions spelled out in The Declaration of Independence.
So, what about today? Why are Americans more willing to consider secession today than in past decades? Some of the common complaints are that the FBI and the Justice Department have been corrupted into the enforcement arm of the Deep State investigating and prosecuting its enemies while protecting its allies, federal spending being out of control with unprecedented spending to the tune of trillions each year more than tax collections–despite record tax collections which are then coupled with the apparent plan to destroy the dollar by printing literally trillions more each year, endless wars in the Middle East creating needless enemies, troops in more than 140 countries, trampling of individual rights spelled out in the Bill of Rights, plans for packing the Supreme Court, the embrace of all “woke” demands, etc. etc.
(Be sure to click the link for Brexit for a better understanding of what is happening in Great Britain.)
|116 Secessions since the US in 1776
|1||United States 1776||United Kingdom||59||Jamaica 1962||United Kingdom|
|2||11 of the US 1789||Articles of Confederation||60||Uganda 1962||United Kingdom|
|3||2 of the US 1789-90||Articles of Confederation||61||Rwanda 1962||Belgium|
|4||Colombia 1810||Spain||62||Burundi 1962||Belgium|
|5||Venezuela 1811||Spain||63||Trinidad/Tobago 1962||United Kingdom|
|6||Paraguay 1811||Spain||64||Zanzibar 1963||United Kingdom|
|7||Andorra 1814||French Empire||65||Sarawak 1963||United Kingdom|
|8||Monaco 1814||French Empire||66||Zambia 1964||United Kingdom|
|9||Chile 1818||Spain||67||Malta 1964||United Kingdom|
|10||Ecuador 1820||Spain||68||Maldives 1965||United Kingdom|
|11||Maine 1820||Massachusetts||69||Singapore 1965||United Kingdom|
|12||Peru 1821||Spain||70||The Gambia 1965||United Kingdom|
|13||Panama 1821||Spain||71||Basutoland 1966||United Kingdom|
|14||Peru 1821||Spain||72||Barbados 1966||United Kingdom|
|15||Dominican Republic 1821||Portugal||73||British Guiana 1966||United Kingdom|
|16||Brazil 1822||Portugal||74||Ceylon 1968||United Kingdom|
|17||Bolivia 1825||Spain||75||Swaziland 1968||United Kingdom|
|18||Uruguay 1828||Brazil||76||Nauru 1968||UN Trusteeship|
|19||Ecuador 1830||Gran Colombia||77||Fiji 1970||United Kingdom|
|20||Texas 1836||Mexico||78||Aden 1970||United Kingdom|
|21||Republic of Yucatan 1841||Mexico||79||Bahrain 1971||United Kingdom|
|22||Dominican Republic 1844||Haiti||80||Qatar 1971||United Kingdom|
|23||Gadsden Purchase 1854||Mexico||81||Bahamas 1973||United Kingdom|
|24||West Virginia 1864||Virginia||82||Guinea-Bissau 1973||Portugal|
|25||Lichtenstein 1866||German Confederation||83||Granada 1974||United Kingdom|
|26||Cuba 1902||United States||84||Angola 1975||Portugal|
|27||Panama 1903||Columbia||85||Mozambique 1975||Portugal|
|28||Norway 1905||Sweden||86||Cape Verde 1975||Portugal|
|29||Mexico 1911||Spain||87||Tuvalu 1978||United Kingdom|
|30||Egypt 1922||United Kingdom||88||Southern Rhodesia 1980||United Kingdom|
|31||Irish Free State 1922||United Kingdom||89||Zimbabwe 1980||United Kingdom|
|32||Egypt 1922||United Kingdom||90||New Hebrides 1980||United Kingdom|
|33||Turkey 1923||Ottoman Empire||91||Belize 1981||United Kingdom|
|34||Vatican City 1929||Italy||92||Canada 1982||United Kingdom|
|35||Greece 1930||Ottoman Empire||93||Saint Kits and Nevis 1983||United Kingdom|
|36||South Africa 1931||United Kingdom||94||Brunei 1984||United Kingdom|
|37||Iraq 1932||United Kingdom||95||Czech Republic 1989||Czechoslovakia|
|38||Jordan 1946||United Kingdom||96||Slovakia 1989||Czechoslovakia|
|39||Philippines 1946||United States||97||South West Africa 1990||United Kingdom|
|40||India 1947||United Kingdom||98||Federal Republic of Germany||German Democratic Republic|
|41||Pakistan 1947||United Kingdom||99||Lithuania 1991||Soviet Union|
|42||Myanmar 1948||United Kingdom||100||Estonia 1991||Soviet Union|
|43||Israel 1948||Mandatory Palestine||101||Latvia 1991||Soviet Union|
|44||People’s Rep of China 1949||Republic of China||102||Armenia 1991||Soviet Union|
|45||Vietnam 1955||France||103||Azerbaijan 1991||Soviet Union|
|46||Laos 1955||France||104||Belarus 1991||Soviet Union|
|47||Cambodia 1955||France||105||Estonia 1991||Soviet Union|
|48||Sudan 1956||United Kingdom||106||Georgia 1991||Soviet Union|
|49||Ghana 1957||United Kingdom||107||Kazakhstan 1991||Soviet Union|
|50||Malaya 1957||United Kingdom||108||Kyrgyzstan 1991||Soviet Union|
|51||Ghana 1957||United Kingdom||109||Moldova 1991||Soviet Union|
|52||Nigeria 1960||United Kingdom||110||Tajikistan 1991||Soviet Union|
|53||Mauritania 1960||United Kingdom||111||Turkmenistan 1991||Soviet Union|
|54||Sierra Leone 1961||United Kingdom||112||Ukraine 1991||Soviet Union|
|55||Malta 1961||United Kingdom||113||Uzbekistan 1991||Soviet Union|
|56||Tanganyika 1961||United Kingdom||114||Eritrea 1991||Ethiopia|
|57||Kuwait 1961||United Kingdom||115||South Sudan 2011||Sudan|
|58||Algeria 1962||France||116||Brexit (still in progress)||European Union|