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Take Back the Toledo Strip!

 

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But after allocating $315,000 to fund the militia, Michigan was in financial crisis. Later in the year, the U.S. Treasury was to distribute surplus money (!) to states but not territories. In December, a second, "frostbitten" convention approved the deal. Arguing that the issue had already been resolved, the Whig party boycotted the session and Congress questioned the legality of it all--but since Washington liked the results, the deal went through. Michigan became a state with its present Upper Peninsula, and Toledo officially became part of Ohio.

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There are those who say that after 178 years, it's time to let this rest. They even point out that we got a big chunk of the UP in this deal. But we didn't get it from Ohio! (The loser, no surprise, was another territory--Wisconsin.)

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