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How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein
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Feb 06, 2010

Read in January, 2010 , read count: 1

I found the book interesting up to a point. The author took pains to describe how various parts of states were "snipped" off to avoid problems with jurisdiction. It made me curious what he would say about Point Roberts, Washington.

He didn't mention it at all. Point Roberts is a portion of Washington that requires travel through Canada in order to visit. How is a "wide" river, or a mountain range more daunting? The water route to Point Robers is approximately 20 miles across bays and inlets. What river is that wide?

Children from Point Roberts who are in high school must cross the International border four times each day. Their school is in Blaine.

The author also did not mention the Pig War and the dispute over possession of the San Juan Islands.

These glaring ommissions made me doubt how accurate and complete were the descriptions of other states.

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