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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hey Bears,

This isn't really humor, but something that I just noticed.

Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi river.

In 1861 what was the largest state east of the Mississippi?

Enquiring minds want to know.
post #2 of 20
Florida
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
Florida

Nope. But thank you for playing.
post #4 of 20
bugger
post #5 of 20
Virginia. It split into two states, Virginia and West Virginia in 1862, I believe. It was because Virginia seceeded from the union and the Western part did not. Thus, Virginia gets smaller.
post #6 of 20
That's interesting. So why is there two Carolinas also? did they get up to similar shennanigans?
post #7 of 20
In 1861, Virginia wasn't in the union. But Missouri still was.
post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
WE HAVE A WINNER. WELL DONE POSAUNE!!


Quote:
Originally Posted by Posaune
Virginia. It split into two states, Virginia and West Virginia in 1862, I believe. It was because Virginia seceeded from the union and the Western part did not. Thus, Virginia gets smaller.
post #9 of 20
I was wrong about when it transpired. The sucession happened in May of 1861. http://members.aol.com/jweaver300/grayson/secession.jpg Therefore Virginia was both in and out of the union in that year.

I was working off of memory, which aint so good sometimes.
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Posaune
I was wrong about when it transpired. The sucession happened in May of 1861. http://members.aol.com/jweaver300/grayson/secession.jpg Therefore Virginia was both in and out of the union in that year.

I was working off of memory, which aint so good sometimes.
Maybe I should have phrased my question as "1860". Anyway Posaune, West Virginia wasn't admitted to the union till 1863.

In the spirit of the question you are ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. It was the West Virginia/Virginia split that changed the size of the largest state east of the Mississippi.
post #11 of 20

another state question?

Exclude bridges, tunnels, ferry or other water craft or similiar conveyence ie ... land to land.

How many states can you walk to, from New Jersey, and not get your feet wet?

What are they?
post #12 of 20
If I understand your question correctly it looks like the answer is one, New York.

If I can keep on walking through New York to other states I don't know the georgraphy well enough and can't find a map that will tell me if I have to cross a stream on the way elswhere.
post #13 of 20

noo-joy-z

You are half correct ... one state to go!

Good logic .. that you could indeed walk to other states from NY .. but exclude that scenario.
post #14 of 20
Anyone know when MA split into MA, NH, and ME? Would it have been bigger than all of Virginia prior to whatever date that was?
post #15 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by learn2turn
Anyone know when MA split into MA, NH, and ME? Would it have been bigger than all of Virginia prior to whatever date that was?
All kinds of dates, etc. regarding the history of Maine are at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Maine

They have a crummy "map", but it doesn't show the current boundaries of the New England states, so it's hard to say how big the original Maine was.

According to http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108355.html though:
West Virginia + Virginia = 67003.96 square miles
Maine + New Hampshire + Massachusetts = 55289.16 square miles.
post #16 of 20
I went to my Delorme Map Program. Its Delaware. There is a small section of Delaware, Killcohook National Wildlife Refuge, that is on the east side of the Delaware river and a small section of Middletown DE also.

A similar thing happens on the Saint Regis Indian Reservation in Northern NY. Part of it is in Canada. The kids that live on the point have to be bussed through the US and back into Canada to go to school.
post #17 of 20
Same for the kids ... they have to get bussed to Wilmington for school. They (the handfull of residents), have lobbied New Jersey for years to please take over ... but Delaware won't give them up. No snow plowing, no traditional state or local services at all.
post #18 of 20
Wow that is some awesome trivia!
post #19 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by learn2turn
Anyone know when MA split into MA, NH, and ME? Would it have been bigger than all of Virginia prior to whatever date that was?
Maine -
Quote:

In late February 1820, the bill for Maine statehood passed both houses of the US Congress. It was then sent to the President for approval. On March 3, 1820, the President signed the bill. Maine became the 23rd state to join the union.
New Hampshire -
Quote:
New Hampshire, United States: Statehood: June 21, 1788; the 9th state
Both of these occurred WAY before the 1861 date KenE gave.
post #20 of 20
This isn't funny at all!!! We desparately need a historical trivia forum!!!! God knows how we've managed this long without one!!!!!:














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