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: When Congress cut Tennessee from North Carolina, they had their eyes on one crucial body of water - the Mississippi River. In our rush westward, it didn't matter at the time if all the lines were exactly right.
      H. W.: Borders, political borders, can be established with ... not a whole lot of care or concern - if there's nobody there - and that's usually when the border's established. "Okay, nobody's there, we'll just draw the line. Nobody really cares." Then people show up - and they start to care where the border is. But once the border is written on a map, it's very difficult to move it.

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