I'm curious about this, especially the original 13 colonies. I think Delaware was originally part of Pennsylvania, for example. Having grown up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I look at its shape, and I have to wonder, how in the world did it acquire the eastern portion it did? Wouldn't it have made more sense (aesthetic sense, anyway) for the whole DelMarVa peninsula to have formed its own state? (Yeah, I've seen the bumper stickers around there that say "Secession Now!" ) I think it's funny to look at a state map of Virginia, and see this tiny little stretch of land that looks like it's sticking out in the middle of the ocean; I believe there was probably some kind of deal way back when to allow that state as much access to the valuable Chesapeake bay as Maryland had, but I'd like to know for sure. And how about Staten Island -- that body of land is physically much closer to New Jersey than New York, yet it resides completely within the New York boundary. And then there's Rhode Island, and what about Michigan? And then compare them to a lot of the western states, and see that their borders ignore natural boundaries and are very much straight lines. I understand that much of the east had to do with the allowances given to the settlers by the kings and queens of the lands from which those settlers had originated, but some of the boundaries here still don't make sense. Anybody care to enlighten me? Thanks!