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How the States Got Their Shapes

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

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    History Made Fun

    Haven't you ever wondered how the states got their respective shapes, especially those that don't seem to have classic shapes, such as West Virginia or Washington? This book answers all those questions and more. It discusses many American wars and how those affected specific shapes as well as how Congress determined the shapes for others. A very informative read that answers those burning questions that nobody taught in a history class.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Very Informative!

    Lots of great information in this book. Occasionally I'd like there to have been more depth, but that's not really what this book is about. It gives you a starting point if you want to explore more of the fascinating and quirky history regarding many of the shapes of the states. Many of the borders are based on rivers, but also on the Dutch, English, various wars, various treaties, discovery of gold and silver, the Missouri Compromise and Slave vs. Free states, and Congress's desire for 'equality' of width and height.

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