How the States Got Their Shapes

Season 1 Episode 6

Use It or Lose It

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jun 14, 2011 on The History Channel
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Why did Washington, DC become our capital and not, say, St. Louis? And who took a bite out of the District of Columbia - which was planned as a perfect diamond? Political and legal decisions often overrule precedent and planning - and even reason. Will our map stay as it is today? Are our borders finally set in stone? Well, that's probably up to the politicians and the voters as much as anything else.


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