State Sovereignty & Former Territories

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Joshism

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Let us hypothesize for a moment that the 13 states who entered into the US Constitution did indeed retain their sovereignty.

Thus VA, NC, SC, and GA could be argued to have the right to secede as former independent states (ex-colonies).

KY, TN, AL, and MS could perhaps argue sovereignty by virtue of being former districts/parts of VA, TN, and GA.

TX was unquestionably sovereign before becoming part of the US.

But what about FL, LA, and AR? They have no claim to sovereignty prior to statehood; they were territories that became states without ever being independent or part of another state. Is there any part of the constitution that can be interpretated as conveying sovereignty where none previously existed?
 
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