is a fascinating book that addresses many of the questions about just that. It explains why some states have mostly straight borders, while others are surrounded by rivers. It also looks at the driving forces behind naming and shaping the states. The History Channel even aired a miniseries based on the book. After you read How the States Got Their Shapes, perhaps a road trip is in order to explore the boundaries of the states.
HOW THE STATES GOT THEIR SHAPES is produced for HISTORY by Half Yard Productions. Executive Producers for Half Yard Productions are Sean Gallagher, Abby Greensfelder and Ann Carroll. David McKillop and Paul Cabana are Executive Producers for HISTORY.
Every shape on the map tells a story about our past. Why does Oklahoma have a panhandle? Because of shifting borders for slavery. Why does Missouri have a boot? Because of a massive earthquake. HISTORY goes beyond the observable in How the States Got Their Shapes to reveal America’s unique geography, political and social history.