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  1. List It
    Practice state names and locations. Find your state on the map. How many states can you name that are close to your state? Make a list of these states. Click on States in the Key to check your list.
  2. Think About It
    Study the map to answer these questions. Which is the smallest state? Which state has two parts? Which three states border the west coast?
  3. Explore It
    Find a state that borders eight other states. What is this state's name? How many other states can you name that share a border with this state? Click on State in the Key to check your answers.
Learn More About It

Each of the 50 states that make up the United States of America joined the country at different times. Some were part of the original Thirteen Colonies started by the British. Others became part of the country as a result of major events, such as the Louisiana Purchase and the Mexican-American War. Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959. Every state has a state capital. A state capital is a city where the state's government is located. This map also shows the national capital. This is where the national government can be found.
Check Your Answers
  1. Check your work by clicking on State in the Key. Your answers will vary based on where you live.
  2. The smallest state is Rhode Island. Michigan has two parts: the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula. Washington, Oregon, and California border the west coast.
  3. Missouri and Tennessee are both correct answers. Missouri shares a border with Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. Tennessee shares a border with Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas.