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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  • http://profiles.google.com/salitrapraveen Praveen Salitra

    Awesome.. As an Indian, I was always fascinated by the rectangular shapes of states. And today I got answers to all my weird questions.
    Back in India, dint have a single state with straight boundary..
    :)

  • Gabriel

    I am an American!!!

  • st. Roger

    Never been to this country, but it’s very interesting to see its history :)

  • thekingbeyondthegate

    So typical of Americans to build a whole fort in the wrong place lol. Except these days when they build a fort in the wrong place it isn’t by accident. Like their base on Diego Garcia which they kicked the inhabitants off for.

  • thekingbeyondthegate

    So typical of Americans to build a whole fort in the wrong place lol. Except these days when they build a fort in the wrong place it isn’t by accident. Like their base on Diego Garcia which they kicked the inhabitants off for.

    • Anonymous

      If there is ever a war & the Americans are involved (which they usually are) then you’re better off on the opposing side, you’ve have got less chance of getting shot, because they usually kill more of their own men than the enemy does. Friendly fire. lol.

    • Anonymous

      If there is ever a war & the Americans are involved (which they usually are) then you’re better off on the opposing side, you’ve have got less chance of getting shot, because they usually kill more of their own men than the enemy does. Friendly fire. lol.

  • Anonymous

    A very interesting doc, I have often wondered why they were that shape & now I know. ☠

  • Anonymous

    A very interesting doc, I have often wondered why they were that shape & now I know. ☠

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  • Jackmeoff

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  • yaswanth

    Watch the real documentry by BBC here

  • Nicki Snyder

    Fascinating!