How the States Got Their Shapes

Season 1 Episode 1

A River Runs Through It

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 03, 2011 on The History Channel

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    • Brian: In the 1850's, Congress created the Nevada Territory, carving it from Utah. Congress handed over more land when Nevada became a state in 1864. But there was one thing Nevada lacked - a water supply.
      Mark: That whole triangle at the bottom of Nevada had been part of what was then the Arizona Territory - since it was just territory, Congress could still take it. And it gave Nevada, among other things, access to a piece of the Colorado River.
      Brian: Why did Congress take Arizona's land and give it to Nevada? Well, because Arizona had sided with the South during the Civil War. It was payback time.

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