In 1783, Virginia contracted Thomas Jefferson to divide the Northwest Territories into new states. Jefferson came up with this map. The proposed names of the states are as followed: 1. Sylvania 2. Michigan 3. Chersonesus 4. Assenisipia 5. Metropotamia 6. Illinoia 7. Saratoga 8. Washington 9. Polypotamia 10. Pelisipia 11-14. Unknown States 11-14 didn't have names because before Jefferson could finish his work, he was called to France as the American minister. Jefferson's successor to this project, James Monroe, split the Northwest Territories into a small number of states. Over the years, changes were made until we got the current states we have now. I got a few WI questions regarding this. 1. WI Jefferson had completed his work? What could the other four states' names be? And would the US government form the Northwest Territories into Jefferson's states? 2. WI Monroe's plan (can anybody find a map or information about his plan?) was adopted? We'd probably end up with the same states, maybe with different names, though. 3. WI Jefferson's plan was adopted? Would states 11 and 12 form Tennessee and 13 and 14 form Mississippi, or would they be given new names. This is pretty much the same as option 1, though 4. WI some body else, say Franklin, was invited to draw up the plans. What do you think it would look like? If we took option number one or three, what would the other four state names be? Here are some of my suggestions: 1. State 11: Tennessee of Cumberland 2. State 12: Franklin or Cumberland 3. State 13: Mississippi or North Mississippi 4. State 14: West Florida, Franklin, or South Mississippi 5. Merge states 11 and 12 to form the state of Tennessee, Cumberland, or Franklin. 6. Merge states 13 and 14 to form the state of Mississippi. If we took option number four with Franklin or somebody else, what would the number of states be? What would be there names, and were would they be? If Jefferson's, or somebody else's plan, was adopted, what effect would that have on the development of the United States? And what would the capital of those states be? Here are some suggestions: 1. Green Bay or Saint Paul 2. Milwaukee 3. ? 4. Chicago 5. Detroit or Lansing 6. Springfield 7. Indianapolis (different name?) 8. Columbus 9. ? 10. Lexington 11. Memphis 12. Nashville 13. ? 14. Jackson 10 & 11. Lexington 13 & 14. Jackson Oh, and what about flags? All this information came from here.