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How the States Got Their Shapes

Every line on the U.S. map tells a story. Every border reflects their history – their struggles for independence, their internal conflicts over states rights and slavery, their westward expansion, and the mastery of their natural resources.They are so familiar with the map of United States, but do they know why their states look the way they do? Every shape on the map tells a great story about their past.Why is California bent? To cling on to gold. Why does Oklahoma have a panhandle? Because of shifting borders for slavery.Why does Missouri have a boot? Because of a massive earthquake. Examines how every state is a puzzle piece ultimately revealing the unique geography, political and social history of America.

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