How The States Got Their Shapes

  • 2011
  • TV Show
  • None

The origins of the shapes of America's states are traced, with examinations of the geographical, political and social factors that determined the borders.

How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2
The U.S. is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, where every line on the map tells a different story.
Urban Life vs. Rural Life
02:17 — Brian Unger looks at the divide (and the difference in coffee shop density) between "city" and "country" in the United States of America.
How The States Got Their Shapes Season 1
The U.S. is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, where every line on the map tells a different story.
How The States Got Their Shapes Season 1
The U.S. is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, where every line on the map tells a different story.
Season 2 - Sneak Peek
02:00 — The new season of How The States Got Their Shapes premieres on Saturday, September 29 at 8/7c, but a special sneak peek is available now!
Season 2 - Sneak Peek
02:00 — The new season of How The States Got Their Shapes premieres on Saturday, September 29 at 8/7c, but a special sneak peek is available now!
Nevada
01:40 — Nevada became a state long before it was eligible in order to boost Abraham Lincoln’s reelection chances. To give the desert state access to the Color (more…)
Montana
02:42 — The discovery of gold drew prospectors and gave the territory the financial wherewithal to become a state. Montana may have even used this gold to buy (more…)
West Virginia
01:53 — Culture, economics and geography separated western Virginia from then rest of the state. The Civil War drove the final wedge between east and west, wi (more…)
Maine
02:53 — Once part of Massachusetts, Maine joined the Union as a free state in 1820 to counterbalance the admission of Missouri, a slave state. But Maine’s nor (more…)
Florida
02:18 — Florida was once Spanish and much larger. Its panhandle stretched from the Savannah River to the Mississippi, but, over time, the Spanish relinquished (more…)
Ohio
03:07 — Ohio was the first state to be carved out of the expanding western territories.

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  • Premiered: May 3, 2011
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: The origins of the shapes of America's states are traced, with examinations of the geographical, political and social factors that determined the borders. (more)

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