The only state in the us that was an independent country?
Texas was an independent 1836-1845. Vermont was independent 1777
- 1791, at which time it was officially annexed and ratified the
U.S. Constitution. California was technically independent (not
recognized by the U.S. but not under the rule of either Mexico or
the U.S.) for about a month in 1846. Hawai'i was an independent
nation recognized by the United States, Britain and France until it
was annexed by the United States in 1898.