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A portion of Ohio was once owned by Connecticut.

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Congress Grants Connecticut the Western Reserve
Smaller states without western land claims argued that if the land claims of the larger states were recognized, people and businesses would leave the smaller states for the wealthier larger states. The only solution was for these lands to be turned over to the U.S. government.

All the states but one eventually did so. Do you know which state was the holdout?

It was Connecticut, which claimed land, called the Western Reserve, all the way to northeastern Ohio. Connecticut wanted the land to aid citizens who had suffered serious losses during the Revolution. Do you know how large the state of Connecticut would be today if it still retained that land?

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