Like a daring adventurer from the Age of Exploration, Mississippi State Rep. Steve Holland hopes to make an audacious claim on the seas for his homeland.
This week, Holland introduced a bill to rename the Gulf of Mexico the “Gulf of America.” The new moniker would only hold weight in his home state, but hey, it’s a start.
Holland’s proposal reads:
“For all official purposes within the State of Mississippi, the body of water that is located directly south of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties shall be known as the “Gulf of America.” … This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2012.”
In case you were wondering, the Gulf borders about 1,680 miles of U.S. coastline versus Mexico’s 1,394 miles, so if anything we’ve earned it right?
But Holland isn’t the first one to come up with this idea: