By Mark Stein
America's first century used to be outlined via enlargement and the negotiation of territories between components colonized through the French and Spanish, or occupied by way of natives. the precise situation of borders turned paramount; playwright and screenwriter Stein amasses the tale of every state's border, channeling them right into a cohesive complete.
Proceeding during the states alphabetically, Stein takes the cutting edge step of addressing every one border-north, south, east, west-separately. Border tales shine a focus on many features of yank historical past: the forty ninth parallel was once selected for the northern borders of Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana simply because they ensured England's entry to the nice Lakes, important to their fur alternate; in 1846, Washington D.C. citizens south of the Potomac effectively petitioned to rejoin Virginia (called either "retrocession" and "a crime") to be able to continue out loose African-Americans.
Aside from stories of violent conquest and political glad-handing, there's early, breathtaking stories of yankee politicos' favourite activity, gerrymandering (in 1864, Idaho pass judgement on Sidney Edgerton single-handedly "derailed" Idaho's proposed boundary, to Montana's profit, with $2,000 in gold). American background fans could be captivated by means of this enjoyable, informative textual content.
Mark Stein is a playwright and screenwriter. His performs were played off-Broadway and at theaters through the kingdom. His movies comprise Housesitter, with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has taught at American college and Catholic collage.
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They are artifacts of foresight and planning by our elected representatives. CONNECTICUT 73° Massachusetts 72° 42° Rhode Island Hartford New Y o rk Waterbury C cti ne on Hou cut sat on ic New Haven Bridgeport Stamford Islan Long n d Sou d 41° New York Why does Connecticut have that little panhandle hanging down on its west side? How did it get that notch in its northern border? How come the western borders of Connecticut and Massachusetts don’t quite connect? And, why isn’t Connecticut—and Rhode Island, for that matter—just part of Massachusetts?
As a result, the slightly angled southern border was drawn. COLORADO Wyoming Nebraska 41° Fort Collins 40° Utah Co Denver Vail o lorad Kans. 39° Colorado Springs Pueblo Arkansas Rio Gra n 38° e d 37° Ariz. 108° 107° 106° New Mexico 105° 104° 103° Oklahoma 102° Why does Colorado have such boring borders? Why isn’t its eastern border an extension of that nice long line dividing Nebraska from Wyoming and the Dakotas? Or if not that line, why isn’t its eastern edge that nice long line dividing New Mexico from Texas and Oklahoma?
The Adams-Onis Treaty defined Spanish territory from the Louisiana Purchase territory. (Figure 26. ) One segment of that division was a line due north from the point where the Sabine River crosses 32° N latitude. This turn in the border between the United States and Spanish-ruled Mexico accounts for the notch in the southwest corner of Arkansas. ) But why leave a notch? When the Arkansas Territory was vertically ARK ANS AS 31 Missouri Territory Tenn. s Mis s is s ippi Arkans a Arkansas Territory (1819) Red Mississippi Adams-Onis Treaty border of New Spain Louisiana NEW SPAIN FIG.
How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein