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Old 07-15-2007, 09:09 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Default Isnt there really only 46 states in the USA

There are four states who have not proclaim statehood and Virginia is one of them . It is known as the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Old 07-15-2007, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Having lived in two of the commonwealths--MA & PA--I'd say that they have both ways--common-wealth--and statehood.

And your question is?
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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My understanding is that Commonwealth and state mean the same thing.
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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There is no difference between a commonwealth and a state in the U.S. To Locke, Hobbes, and other 17th-century writers the term "commonwealth" meant an organized political community -- what we today call a "state." Officially Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, and Massachusetts are all commonwealths. When Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, and Massachusetts became part of the United States, they merely took the old form of state in their title.

Today, commonwealth also means a political unit having local autonomy but voluntarily united with the U.S. These are Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Pennsylvania was the #2 state to join the union.

Massachusetts was #6.

Virginia was #10.

Kentucky was #15.
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Thank you Kewgee!
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