State of the week: Virginia

Where are we? The Commonwealth of Virginia. Why is the official name the “Commonwealth of Virginia”? Let’s just say it’s a long story so here’s the Cliffs Notes version: 1640s-1660s. England (and, recalling information from 4th grade history, the still English-ruled colony of Virginia) had no king. Puritans ruled England with a Lord Protector and called their government a commonwealth. Fast forward to post-Colonial times. Virginia, no longer a “colony”, needs a new moniker. They remember Puritan England and decide on commonwealth, along with Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The only other commonwealth in the 50 states is Kentucky, which was part of Virginia until 1792.

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