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The most interesting countries that no longer exist! These are history's most fascinating nations that you can't find on a modern map.

What country gained independence from Mexico just to join another country? Which nation used to consist of nearly a third of South America? Find out as we take a look at Countries That No Longer Exist.

#8 Newfoundland
Heavily populated by indigenous Dorset culture tribes and immigrants from the United Kingdom throughout time, the island state of Newfoundland held out for centuries before finally joining Canada in 1949. Before then, the current easternmost part of Canada had been the site of the first Norse settlement in North America as early as the 11th century! After this brief excavation, the next batch of settlers would come from Western Europe and establish Newfoundland as a fishing-based society, building connections with port cities across the Atlantic. Through its severe isolation and unique culture, Newfoundlands residents developed unique customs, traditions and even dialects, essentially crafting a new identity for those who called the island home. And so when the question of joining Canada arose in a referendum campaign in 1948, the people were split down the middle with 52.3 percent voting in favor and 47.7 percent voting against becoming a province. While many show content with their now Canadian citizenship, the vast majority of residents still consider themselves Newfoundlanders first.
#7 Texas
The Lone Star State wasnt always a state and actually has some bit of justification in the extreme independent sentiments Texans often exhibit. Before it became a part of the United States of America, the largest state in the continental US was actually a province of Mexico known as Tejas. Loosely populated by Spanish & Mexican Tejanos, along with Native American tribes, the region opened its borders to southern U.S. immigrants around the time of the Mexican campaign for Independence. But as ideals clashed and tensions rose between the growing immigrant population and the local tejanos, it was Texas that was soon seeking independence. A short but intense few months of battle commenced between the Mexican Army and the declared Republic of Texas that resulted in the capture of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. With the general and leader contained and travel conditions worsening for soldiers, the conflict was resolved with the Treaties of Velasco which guaranteed Mexican troops would remain south of the Rio Grande. The newly established Republic would then go on for nine years as a sovereign ruling body with a loosely organized government and constant skirmishes at the Mexican border. As relations were inflamed with Mexico, Texas would eventually turn to the United States for assistance and finally agreed to annexation as the 28th state in March of 1845.

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