How The States Got Their Shapes

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We are so familiar with the map of United States, but do we know why our states look the way they do? Every shape on the map tells a great story about our past. Why is California bent? To cling on to gold. Why does Oklahoma have a panhandle? Because of shifting borders for slavery. Why does Missouri have a boot? Because of a massive earthquake. This special examines how every state is a puzzle piece ultimately revealing the unique geography, political and social history of America.

30 minutes

We are so familiar with the map of United States, but do we know why our states look the way they do? Every shape on the map tells a great story about our past. Why is California bent? To cling on to gold. Why does Oklahoma have a panhandle? Because of shifting borders for slavery. Why does Missouri have a boot? Because of a massive earthquake. This special examines how every state is a puzzle piece ultimately revealing the unique geography, political and social history of America.

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Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 19 - The United Shapes of America

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After three years on the road, host Brian Unger is taking a different look at just how our states got their shapes. We'll hear about the unique American values that have made this country what it is today, and travel from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Along the way, Brian reveals that just as we shaped the map, it has shaped us.
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Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 1 Episode 1 - A River Runs Through It

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How has water has literally shaped the States? There's surprising history hidden in the blue, squiggly lines on the map. Did the founding fathers make a mistake along the Georgia Tennessee border? Can that boundary actually change because of water? Why does Maine have so much water? Why was Nevada was left high and dry? — All these answers can be found in the unique shapes of these states.
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Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 4 - Hatfields vs. McCoys
s2e4 Hatfields vs. McCoys
October 6, 2012
October 6, 2012
Hatfields vs. McCoys
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 5 - North vs. South
s2e5 North vs. South
October 13, 2012
October 13, 2012
North vs. South
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 6 - Bigfoot vs. Aliens
s2e6 Bigfoot vs. Aliens
October 13, 2012
October 13, 2012
Bigfoot vs. Aliens
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 7 - Great Lakes, Big Stakes
s2e7 Great Lakes, Big Stakes
October 20, 2012
October 20, 2012
Great Lakes, Big Stakes
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 8 - Battle of the Bible Belt
s2e8 Battle of the Bible Belt
October 20, 2012
October 20, 2012
Battle of the Bible Belt
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 9 - Vice vs. Virtue
s2e9 Vice vs. Virtue
October 27, 2012
October 27, 2012
Vice vs. Virtue
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 10 - Midwest vs. the Rest
s2e10 Midwest vs. the Rest
October 27, 2012
October 27, 2012
Midwest vs. the Rest
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 11 - Is West Best
s2e11 Is West Best
November 3, 2012
November 3, 2012
Is West Best
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 12 - City vs. Country
s2e12 City vs. Country
November 3, 2012
November 3, 2012
City vs. Country
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 13 - East vs. West
s2e13 East vs. West
November 10, 2012
November 10, 2012
East vs. West
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 14 - Rebels & Outlaws
s2e14 Rebels & Outlaws
November 17, 2012
November 17, 2012
Rebels & Outlaws
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 15 - Mess with Texas
s2e15 Mess with Texas
November 24, 2012
November 24, 2012
Mess with Texas
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 16 - State vs. State
s2e16 State vs. State
December 8, 2012
December 8, 2012
State vs. State
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 17 - Rich vs. Poor
s2e17 Rich vs. Poor
December 8, 2012
December 8, 2012
Rich vs. Poor
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 18 - Big vs. Small
s2e18 Big vs. Small
December 15, 2012
December 15, 2012
Big vs. Small
Watch How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2 Episode 19 - The United Shapes of America
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