Solving the US Jigsaw Puzzle

Solving the US Jigsaw Puzzle - did they all end up like...

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Hing Potter Reba Bailey English 102 Research Writing 5 February 2011 Solving the US Jigsaw Puzzle We all know that the United States has fifty states, and one district, all defined territories created by imaginary lines and natural landmarks to help us tell the difference between North Dakota and South Dakota, Tennessee and Kentucky, Texas and Oklahoma, Washington and Oregon and so on. But, how did these borders come to be? Who took the time to measure out every inch of Purple Mountain’s majesty and the amber waves of grain from sea to shining sea? And in the process, why did they put a “boot heel” in Missouri or make Texas so big? What happened to the Louisiana and Oregon Territory? How did the states get their shapes and why
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Unformatted text preview: did they all end up like they are now, and can we expect any more additions into Uncle Sam’s Union? To begin with, we must first look to the stars. Long before global positioning satellites (GPS) came in handy, land surveyors had to rely on the celestial heavens to navigate their way across our great land mass. Just like early sailors had to rely on the night lights, surveyors needed to know true north versus magnetic north. Magnetic compasses don’t point you directly to the North Pole. Instead you’re directed some 500 miles away. However some early surveyors neglected to take this into account. For example...
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