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Take Back the Toledo Strip!



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.


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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