How the States Got Their Shapes - Mark Stein

How the States Got Their Shapes

By Mark Stein

  • Release Date: 2009-04-07
  • Genre: United States
  • Size: 9.83 MB
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Why does Oklahoma have that panhandle? Did someone make a mistake?

We are so familiar with the map of the United States that our state borders seem as much a part of nature as mountains and rivers. Even the oddities—the entire state of Maryland(!)—have become so engrained that our map might as well be a giant jigsaw puzzle designed by Divine Providence. But that's where the real mystery begins. Every edge of the familiar wooden jigsaw pieces of our childhood represents a revealing moment of history and of, well, humans drawing lines in the sand.

How the States Got Their Shapes is the first book to tackle why our state lines are where they are. Here are the stories behind the stories, right down to the tiny northward jog at the eastern end of Tennessee and the teeny-tiny (and little known) parts of Delaware that are not attached to Delaware but to New Jersey.

How the States Got Their Shapes examines:
Why West Virginia has a finger creeping up the side of PennsylvaniaWhy Michigan has an upper peninsula that isn't attached to MichiganWhy some Hawaiian islands are not HawaiiWhy Texas and California are so outsized, especially when so many Midwestern states are nearly identical in size
Packed with fun oddities and trivia, this entertaining guide also reveals the major fault lines of American history, from ideological intrigues and religious intolerance to major territorial acquisitions. Adding the fresh lens of local geographic disputes, military skirmishes, and land grabs, Mark Stein shows how the seemingly haphazard puzzle pieces of our nation fit together perfectly.


  • How the states got their shapes

    By jeff72
    This book is a good book to read. If u show the show on the History Channel u would like the book too
  • How the states got their shape

    By atlantabill
    I downloaded the sample and was disappointed to find that the maps aren't in color. One of the iPad's advantages is it's ability to display color. I had hoped How the states... would have color maps so I wouldn't be limited to showing friends Winnie the Pooh to demonstrate the iPad's iBook abilities.