Contact Us

The 124 States of America: The Dakotas Divided by 3 Plus 66% of Montana Equals X

Prof. Andrew Shears’ 124 States of America map, used with permission and courtesy the author at andrewshears.com.

 

(NPN) — Question: What’s North and South Dakota divided by three plus a chunk of Montana?

Answer: Dakota, Pembina and Chippewa, states that were at one time or another proposed during America’s history.

Mansfield University geography professor Andrew Shears recently assembled a map he calls the 124 States of America in his recent online article, “From Absaroka to Yazoo: The 124 United States That Could’ve Been.”

Based on Shears’ research, Dakota would have been just South Dakota, with Pembina in eastern and northern North Dakota into eastern Montana with the Missouri River as a southern border from Chippewa, which would have been about the top 2/3s of Montana and the southwestern 1/4th of North Dakota.

Shears writes that his inspiration came from Wikipedia’s List of U.S. State Partition Proposals.

“For a geographer/cartographer who’s a U.S.-specialist and who’s interested in alternate history, this was Kryptonite for my productivity,” Shears noted. “From this list, I stumbled onto listings for U.S. Territories that Failed to Become States and the listing for the hypothetical 51st State. I even came across a nice little book called Lost States, a humorous account from Michael Trinklein that briefly explores a number of random states that never quite happened.”

Shears calls his map and article an “alternative history” of the United States, something that you might see featured on an episode of Star Trek.To read his article and map, browse http://andrewshears.com/2011/12/08/the-united-states-that-couldve-been/

2013 IN NUMBERS: This Past Year in South Dakota, In Data We Trust(ed)

More Local News

More State, US & World News

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ksoo.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on KSOO-AM 1140 - Live, Local and Breaking News from Sioux Falls, South Dakota quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on KSOO-AM 1140 - Live, Local and Breaking News from Sioux Falls, South Dakota quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!