Why do states have crazy shapes? Why couldn't they just draw straight lines? Silly I know, but still
I've always wondered this myself, and I have asked a few people in my life and the most common answer is that the non straight state lines are from landforms like mountains or rivers. i have never researched that answer but I do not think it is true. If you find out please let me know though, maybe when people made the first maps quills couldnt draw straight lines of they were drawing them on a bumpy surface.
There is actually a History Channel program titled, "How the States Got Their Shapes." I saw the one on Texas and the Dakotas. Interesting. Here's a link:
http://www.history.com/shows/how-the-st … eir-shapes
States were drawn by colonial powers, wars, the government, border disputes with other countries,rivers, mountains, and even their own power.
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