Here's why only 4 US states are called 'Commonwealths,' and the significance behind the label

Posted On: Jan 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Here's why only 4 US states are called 'Commonwealths,' and the significance behind the label

Only four US states have legal names that include the term Commonwealth : Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
Here's the historical significance behind the label .
Maybe you first came across the term on a US history test or while watching a documentary.
But have you ever stopped to ponder what the word " Commonwealth " really means and why it's applied to some states and territories but not others?
The global and historical answer behind it might surprise you. SEE ALSO: 4 polls show Americans blame Trump for the government shutdown, over a border 'crisis' they don't see
The Commonwealth states
There are four US states whose legal names include the term Commonwealth: Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. However, this term does not affect laws or life in these states today, nor did it when they were first created either.
According to the Massachusetts State Government , the term "Commonwealth" was incorporated into their constitution in 1780 and was used to...

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