Where Would You Guess The Mason/Dixon Line Is?

First before I tell you where is really is, lets find out why it is called that. Starting back in 1763, two men, Mason and Dixon (Dixon was the surveyor) were commissioned to settle a boundary dispute between the estates of William Penn and Lord Baltimore and their respective colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland, which later took on symbolic importance as the dividing line between the slave and free states. This survey took 4 years to complete. The below map shows the original line. Not where we all thought it was. All other claims as to where the line passes through are grossly wrong.Mason Dixon Line

The eleven states that seceded the union were, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

So you can see from the map that this line had nothing to do with the separation of the North and the South during the Civil War. Neither West Virginia (which was formed during the Civil War in 1863), Maryland, or Delaware was a part of the South at any time.

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