While there is a debate as to who discovered America (China, Leif Erickson and the Vikings, and most notably Christopher Columbus), Christopher Columbus was the explorer responsible for opening North America up to Europe for exploration and expansion of their domains. By the time the 1700s rolled in, 13 colonies had been established under British rule, with a square mileage of 430,000, with a population of 2.4 million people. Toward the end of the 1700s, these same colonies had fought and won a revolution, starting the infancy of the United States. Today, the United States covers almost four million square miles and has a population of nearly 326 million people.
At first, it seemed like the borders were established by rivers and streams, creating some pretty distinctive shapes, like the dog's profile of New York state or the boot-shaped state of Louisiana. However, once you start heading westward, the states start becoming almost rectangular (eight of the states have actually succeeded in this feat), making it difficult to tell which one is which.
So, do you have what it takes to identify a silhouetted state when it is separated from the others? One way to find out is to take this quiz!