The U.S. Census Bureau identifies 16 states as part of the American South, and these states are divided into three smaller regions. The South Atlantic includes Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware. The East South Central region is composed of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. The West South Central region includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
The southern United States is generally characterized by its unique customs, musical styles and cuisines that help identify it from other areas throughout the United States. While the Census Bureau defines it geographically, often the popular definition of the American South is associated with the 11 states that seceded from the original American colonies during the Civil War to form their own nation, the Confederate States of America. Originally founded by South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas, the Confederate States of America seceded in 1861. Soon after, four more slave-holding states, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina, joined the Confederacy. These states are often referred to as Dixie or the Old South.
Other terms associated with the region refer to more geographical separations of the southeastern corner of the United States. Southern Appalachia identifies the portions of states that are located in the southern Appalachian mountains, and the Gulf South includes the states with coasts located along the Gulf.Learn More
The Appalachian Ridge and Great Appalachian Valley are geologic formations created between 300 and 400 million years ago. In multiple collisions, the tectonic plates containing North America and Africa came together in the formation of the Pangaea supercontinent. These collisions made multiple ridges at the edges of these continents, forming the Appalachian Mountains.Full Answer >
The Southwest region contains soils, natural water sources, Class I and II quality air, and geological formations. The area also contains an abundance of wildlife. The resources are monitored and protected.Full Answer >
Fort Bragg is located in Fayetteville, N.C. It covers approximately 161,000 acres of land and stretches over six counties in the state of North Carolina.Full Answer >
Two interesting facts about Maryland are that Cecil Calvert founded this colony in 1632 and that Francis Scott Key composed "The Star Spangled Banner" while witnessing a battle in 1814 for the capture of Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Maryland was one of the 13 colonies and joined the union on April 28,1788.Full Answer >